ST Report: 12-Mar-93 #911

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 03/15/93-09:24:52 AM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 12-Mar-93 #911
Date: Mon Mar 15 09:24:52 1993

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                 WHAT'S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS (March 12)


 The long-awaited  update to  PicSwitch is  available for  download as file
 PICSW1.LZH  in  LIBRARY  14  of  the Atari Arts Forum (GO ATARIARTS). This
 version  is  completely  overhauled,  with  an   easy-to-use  enhanced-GEM
 interface with  customizable windows, Mac-like controls, and pop-up menus.
 Supports 20 different image formats,  now  including  GIF,  IMG, Spectrum,
 Prism Paint, PCX, and IFF.


 Hourly connect-time  rates are now lower for Standard Pricing Plan members
 when using extended services.  The new  charges are  $6/hour for  300 bps,
 $8/hour for  1200/2400 bps  and $16/hour  for 9600 bps access. The monthly
 membership fee, which includes  unlimited  connect-time  in  more  than 30
 basic  services,  has  increased  $1  to $8.95 (this pricing change is not
 applicable in all countries).

 FundWatch Online by Money magazine, a  powerful mutual  fund screening and
 reporting  service,  is  now  part  of basic services, which also includes
 CompuServe Mail, The Electronic Mall,  news,  weather  and  sports, member
 support services, reference and travel services.

 Rates for  Alternative Pricing  Plan members will remain at $6.30/hour for
 300 bps, $12.80/hour for 1200 and 2400 bps, and $22.80/hour  for 9600 bps.
 Also,  the  Membership  Support  Fee  under  the  Alternative Pricing Plan
 increases 50 cents to $2.50.

 Members currently under the  Standard Pricing  Plan will  automatically be
 billed at  the new  rates starting 28-Feb. For more information on the new
 rates or to join the Standard Pricing Plan, GO CHOICES.


 Members  can  now  access  via  European  CompuServe  nodes   and  pay  no
 communication  surcharges  during  non-prime time (19:00-8:00 local time).
 The resulting $2.20/hour savings  is  in  addition  to  the  reductions in
 connect-time  charges  available  for  all members on the Standard Pricing
 Plan.  For European access numbers, GO PHONES.


 CompuServe has enhanced its  forum software  to allow  an increase  in the
 size of  messages. The maximum message size was formerly 96 lines or 2,000
 characters. With this change, the size  increases to  a maximum  of 10,000
 characters. Also, the message board capacity has been increased.


 Download  file  CENTPD.LZH  from  LIBRARY  2  of  the Atari Arts Forum (GO
 ATARIARTS) for an excellent shareware version of Centipede  from Scotland.
 This  game  is  FULL  of  bugs (Spiders, Flies and of course, Centipedes!)
 Great sound, great graphics, great fun!  COLOR ONLY.


 Download file SERFX2.LZH from  LIBRARY 2  of the  Atari Productivity Forum
 (GO ATARIPRO)  for Serial Fix 2 - RTS/CTS flow control with any TOS.  This
 patch for properly handling RTS/CTS flow control in  the ST's  serial port
 works  on  all  TOS  versions  from  1.00  to  4.01.  It also includes the
 TOS14FIX.PRG  code  for  TOS  1.04  and  1.06  users.    Use  with Atari's
 eXtensible Control Panel (XCONTROL).


 Download file  SAVER1.LZH from  LIBRARY 4  of the Atari Productivity Forum
 (GO ATARIPRO) for a package of 6 shareware screensaver modules for Warp 9,
 by  John  Dillenburg.  Modules  included are Freckles, Pyro Deluxe, Random
 Lines, Roaming Shapes, Random Shapes, and Fractal Symmetries.


 Download file NEWPRT.LZH from LIBRARY 11  of the  Atari Vendors  Forum (GO
 ATARIVEN) for the New HP LaserJet 4, HP DeskJet 550c, HP DeskJet 500c, and
 PostScript printer drivers for Pagestream 2.


 Operate your Portfolio by using the  keyboard and  screen of  your desktop
 PC?  Check out the file BIG.ZIP from master programmers BJ Gleason and Don
 Messerli, now available in LIBRARY 2  of  the  Atari  Portfolio  Forum (GO

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 > From the Editor's Desk             "Saying it like it is!"

     We say  we don't  care about  the delays at this point in time but the
 real truth of the matter is it really does bother us.   It bothers  to the
 point  of  sheer  exasperation!    After  all, wasn't it Sam in one of his
 marathon online extravaganzas who made it a strong point to tell the users
 things  would  change  and  that  the Falcon would be ontime, shipping and
 everything would be different.   As  Bill Cosby  sez in  his "Moses" skit.
     We now  hear that the delay is due to a rather elusive chip.  That's a
 good one but... we've  heard that  before too.   Shall  we start  with the
 Blitter or  go further back?  Really, a few folks say 'leave Atari alone',
 stop picking on them'.  They mean well, but I fear they have no idea about
 the  message  that  would  send  to  Atari.    Using  past experience as a
 guideline, it would give Atari the perceived indication of "its  ok, don't
 worry about  the delays all is well in the userbase".  We all know this is
 not the case.

     Some are bound to jump up and say; "well if we all know then it stands
 to reason that Atari knows it too".   Could be, but when we see statements
 made by Atari's mouthpiece about a  shipment of  Falcons going  to Germany
 and being  "sold out in a matter of hours!!!" ....that's nice sounding but
 did anyone stop to think about  how  many  Falcons  were  actually shipped
 there to  begin with?  Was it 1000?  500?  According to our information it
 was less than two hundred.   That makes  the "sold  out ganzamagilla" much
 less than  it appeared  to be at the time it was boastingly exclaimed.  In
 fact, it magnified a rather low number of units being  delivered.  Truly a
 marvelous use  of words.   Again, if the same creative efforts were placed
 in production and marketing, the  Falcon  would, in  all probabilities, be
 shipping 'round the world by now.
     Once again we hear all the hype about many, many, people interested in
 signing up as _new_ Atari dealers ... really?  One  can't help  but wonder
 how these  newfies are  going to  be held  onto when they find they bought
 into delays, excuses and eloquent word usage.  The bottom line is  at hand
 once again...  instead of  describing all the reasons for delays etc.. get
 the job done already.   The  credibility of  the company  is now  the last
 bastion of  defense.   Or, is  it?   Is there really any credibility left?
 Please, don't tell us anymore about the labor, show us the baby already!

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                      STR'S "BELIEVE IT?  OR.. WHAT?"

                "There is no comparison!  The Atari Falcon
                   is far superior to the PC platform."

                                                  Sam Tramiel, 08/92

     "My new office, which has a  better view  than my  old one,  is so far
     quite  satisfactory.  And  Richard  Miller  is  in my old office.  The
     Forbes article was a mish-mash and  misconstrued article  full of half
     truths.   We are anxiously awaiting the release of the Atari Falcon to
     bring us back to the forefront.  The article has given us some laughs,
     but otherwise has not affected us."

                                                  Sam Tramiel, 08/92

          "As I  said before,  all marketing  announcements will be made at
          Duesseldorf.  I will not comment on future models of the Falcon.

                    WHICH WILL BE SHIPPING NEXT WEEK."

                                                  Sam Tramiel, 08/92

     "I've just returned from Asia, where  I  saw  the  first  Atari Falcon
     production coming  off the  lines.   Let's hope this new offering will
     make it in North America.  I know that the specs are great."

                                                  Sam Tramiel, 08/92

     "We have not yet even given the machine to the FCC.   And we  are only
     applying for  Class B approval.  According to our "experts", it should
     pass Class B."

                                                  Sam Tramiel, 08/92

            "......  We are not working for Wall Street but to
        make money for our shareholders and only think long term."

                                                  Sam Tramiel, 11/92

              FYI.... The Shareholder's equity is fine.... NOT!

                    The Stock is hovering around $1.12 

                    CHRISTMAS '92 has COME and GONE...
                          FALCONS    ....anyone?

                 By the Way.... Does the Falcon work well
            any... of the SLM Laser Printers??  NOPE!  NOT YET!


 > ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine          The wires are a hummin'!
                           PEOPLE... ARE TALKING
 On CompuServe
 compiled by Joe Mirando

     Howdy neighbors.  I was just amusing myself  with a  mental picture of
 Alexander  Graham  Bell  (did  you  know  that  this past Thursday was the
 anniversary of the invention of the telephone?) typing "Watson, come here.
 I want you" into a keyboard and sending it via modem to someone in another
 country instead of using his now famous invention with someone  in another
 room.   Hey, I  didn't say  that it was profound or anything, just that it
 amused me.

     Well, at any rate, there are plenty of  questions and  answers waiting
 for us  in the  Atari Forums  on CompuServe so let's get busy (no circular
 arm movements, please).

 From The Atari Productivity Forum

 Speaking of other countries,  Chris Gray reports from Belgium:

     "My local Atari dealer says he expects to start receiving Falcons in a
     week's time.   But  first he has to go to a _compulsory_ seminar Atari
     Benelux.  So that's the situation  in Belgium.   Thought  you'd all be
     dying to know..."

 Master Sysop Bob Retelle tells Chris:

     "Chris... that  sounds pretty  positive...   especially the part about
     the dealer having to attend a seminar...

     Sounds a lot better  than just  dumping a  machine as  advanced as the
     Falcon is  on a  dealer and  hoping he'll be able to fully explain all
     its features..!

     Be sure to let us know when you actually get to see  a Falcon  at your

 Well, the news just keeps getting better.  Larry Green adds:

     "In the UK, some of the bigger PC (dedicated) shops in London have the
     Falcon the their window!  They seem pretty keen on  the machine, never
     ever thought that I would see an Atari badge in their showroom!"

 Meanwhile, Haj Baxter asks:

     "For anyone who might know something like this,  Say you're working in
     a ram  disk and  you leave  reading a  file or  doing a  program.  (go
     ahead, say  it.) When you bail out, the screen immediately redraws the
     ramdisk but it takes forever (in  dog milliseconds)  to read  the disk
     and redraw  the A/  window.   Is there some command that will tell the
     re-draw to ignore the disk and just deal with the ram disk?"

 Again, Sysop Bob Retelle jumps in to save the proverbial day:

     "The desktop is always restored to the same  condition it  was in when
     you last left it..  if you ran the program from the A: drive, then the
     desktop will redraw the A: window that was open..

     I know the feeling you were talking about, of having to wait while the
     floppy disk  is re-read so the desktop can display its window, but the
     only way I know of to avoid that happening is to close the window."

 Jim Ness adds:

 "I haven't tried it, but the  recent Fat  Cache upload  here may  allow an
 immediate update  of the  floppy window, if it truly caches the fat of ALL

 Phil Jensen answers the FatCache question:

     "Sorry, but for reasons of safety FATCACHE does  not do  anything with
     floppy drives.   It  was more hassle than Tim or I wanted to deal with
     to take care of  invalidating all  cached blocks  on change  of media.
     (I'm one  of those who thinks that the Mac scheme of having to ask the
     system to eject your floppy, annoying  though it  may be  at times, is

 Dick Paddock tells Phil:

     "Interesting thought, the Mac approach. I always believed the computer
     version of the old saying, "the job's not done until  the paperwork is
     finished," the  fat update  being the  paperwork in this case. So what
     does the Mac do  when  the  power  drops?  I  realize  that  the power
     dropping DURING  a write of any kind to the disk is disaster, but what
     if the job isn't done yet? The chances of that are much greater in the
     Mac's case, for sure."

 Mike Mortilla from ZNET Online tells Haj:

     "There is  a set  of utilities  from Atari which are available in this
     {forums library, one of which is  the CACHEXXX.PRG  that you  run from
     the  AUTO  folder.  Once  you  read the directory (depending on memory
     available and how you set up the program)  it remembers  the directory
     and the desktop pops up in a flash!

     You might need TOS 1.4 to use this, but there might be a prog for your
     TOS. Jim Ness, I think, suggested a similar solution."

 Clive Parker of ST Format comes up with an easier way around the slowdown:

     "Run the program from the RAM disk and close the A:\ window before you
     start the  program. If the A:\ window is closed before you start the E
     not try to reread the directory of disk A.."

 Well, I guess we've all seen it:  A new user, being unsure about what all
 these new initials mean, asks about running DOS programs on an ST.  (at
 this point the band breaks into a rousing rendition of The Beach Boys'
 Wouldn't It Be Nice).  Don Katzman posts:

     "Sorry to ask a novice question here, but is there  any way  to let an
     ATARI STE  series machine  support Microsoft DOS applications (or even
     the  OS  itself<g>?  If  so,  how-and  what  version  of  MS  DOS  are

 Another  mainstay  of  the  ST  forums here on CompuServe, Albert Dayes of
 Atari Explorer Magazine, tells Don:

     "A product like Ad-SPEED which is an intel cpu on a daughterboard.  It
     plugs into  the 68000  cpu slot I think.  Or there is another external
     one that plugs into the dma port on the back of the  Atari.   I assume
     that both support at least DOS 3.3 and above."

 Dick Paddock adds:

     "If you  can get it, Talon's SuperCharger (the one Alan mentioned, the
     external plug-in) ships with DOS 4.01.  At least  the one  I have did.
     Strangely,  I  haven't  tried  DOS  5.0  on  it.  Must  give  it a try

 Editors Note:
 I cannot recommend installing DOS 5.0 on the  SuperCharger.   I have tried
 it several  times and  each time  it has wiped out my hard drive partition
 (and once, the entire drive.  Thank goodness for backups).

 What is it about the human  mind  that  causes  us  to  constantly compare
 "ours"  and "theirs"?  I don't know what it is, but it happens millions of
 times every day and not just in the  computer world.  But since  this is a
 computer-users column,  I'll stick  with that.   Intel's  latest chip, the
 Pentium (also  called the  '586 or  P5) is  supposed to  have some amazing
 capabilities.  Tim Rule tells us:

     "I don't know from any reliable source but several clone manufacturers
     have been blabbing about how you will be able to upgrade their now 486
     machines  to  P5  and  then  dual  P5.   There has certainly been some
     investigation into running these chips in parallel, though that may be
     just  what  it  is,  two  separate  processors running together.  This
     concept is not new, we had it even with the BBC computers,  popular in
     the UK  a while  back.   Either one  processor acts as a slave for the
     other, being delegated tasks, or a  third unit  oversees and delegates
     the whole  lot.  The motorola technology is different, the 060 will be
     able  to  connect  up  to  other  units,  including  other  060's, all
     co-operating  together.    This  concept  is  that  of the transputer,
     parallel processing, including  but  not  exclusively  running several
     tasks simultaneously.   There is quite an important difference.  Think
     of how a computer can run  two tasks  simultaneously.   You could have
     one  processor  doing  printing  whilst  another runs a wordprocessing
     application.  But in this case the one doing the  printing may  not be
     fully employed,  having to  wait for  the printer to catch up, and the
     other will spend a lot of the time waiting for input from  you.   In a
     transputer situation processor time would not be wasted in this way as
     both units are co-operating to run both applications. I don't  know if
     the intel P5 will include transputer capabilities or not."

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Tim:

     "I  haven't  read  any  of  the  details  yet  on  how  the P5 will be
     interconnected in large installations, but one  short overview  I read
     said that  it will  be used  in applications ranging from "simple" one
     CPU desktop computers to large  mainframe  computers  using  arrays of
     Pentium  chips.    I'd  assume  that  there would be some kind of true
     multiprocessor capability designed in to give it transputer-like power
     if it's going to be used like that..."

 Tim  Rule  also  had  a  technical  question  about  MultiDesk Deluxe from
 CodeHead Technologies:

     "I don't know how multidesk works but aren't you going to get terribly
     fragmented memory if you load an ACC on  top of  a program.   When you
     exit the  program the ACC will still be using a chunk of memory, right
     in the middle of the free memory for the next program you want to run.
     Result, no  memory block  large enough  for your new program.  Even if
     you have loads of RAM, the memory will  eventually get  unusable.  One
     thing I  can think  of, but depends on how multidesk works, is that if
     Multidesk grabbed a block of memory at bootup, like all ACCs, and then
     used it  to load  other ACCs into.  If this is the way it works than I
     won't get it as I can't spare RAM to be  used like  this.   I tried an
     ACC  which  then  loads  other  ACCs  like  this myself.  It grabbed a
     configurable buffer size at bootup and then you could load  other ACCs
     into this.   I  didn't like  this so I tried getting the ACC to load a
     program which used malloc to grab a memory  block and  load in another
     ACC  to  that.    The  result,  apart  from  loads of bugs, fragmented

 Sysop Bill Aycock explains the genius of MultiDesk:

     "MultiDesk Deluxe basically grabs  a hunk  of memory  (you specify the
     amount) at bootup, and loads ACCs into it. However, it doesn't need to
     grab enough to load all your ACCs at once...

     You can  load ACCs  two different  ways, as  Resident or Non-resident.
     There's a  separate area  for each type. Resident ACCs are loaded when
     MD starts up, and remain, er, resident <g>. However, NON_resident ACCs
     are only  loaded on  demand... they  go into your non-resident buffer,
     you use them, and when you exit the buffer is  available for  the next
     ACC you  want. So  really, all you need to do is reserve enough memory
     for the largest ACC you want to use.  (I haven't  seen many  that want
     more than 100k.)

     It seems  to be  the most  flexible way  to handle ACCs, and of course
     it's a solid, mature product that works right."

 Tim also posts:

     "Dunno if Atari thinks they can  make a  res change  on the  fly but I
     don't.  Atari  programmers  don't  stick to conventions enough.  Every
     program running which uses the screen  or vblank  interrupt would have
     to be informed of the change and would have to have code to handle it,
     re-initialising screen redraw routines etc.  On a Mac you could expect
     that sort of compliance with the rules but Atari didn't even bother to
     include the res change message in GEM.  If they  had done  that in the
     beginning, an event to change res, then there would now be third party
     res change utilities and I am sure Atari would have included it in TOS
     2.   You could  try an  on-the-fly which  would work  from the desktop
     without any programs loaded, but you'd need to disassemble the desktop
     code  and  work  out  patches  for  each  ROM version.  There would be
     trouble with ACCs though."

 Alex Kiernan puts it well when he posts:

     "Under GEM a 101% legal program couldn't be  expected to  cope with an
     on-the-fly  res  change,  think  about  the  way  resource  files  are
     loaded... On a rsrc_load()  character  co-ords  get  changed  to pixel
     co-ords which  are by  their nature  rez dependent.  Perhaps you could
     cope with TT medium to ST  high, but  say ST  high to  ST medium would
     blow  things  away  big  time.  Given  a  res-change message you could
     probably do it, but I s'pect it'd be  real hard  work. On  the Mac you
     don't have to worry about bizarre pixel aspect ratios, (almost?) every
     device has a 1:1 pixel ratio."

 From The Atari ST Arts Forum

 Hal Doughterty tells us how to view all of those nifty GIF picture files:

     "If you download the PhotoChrome program you can convert all  the .GIF
     files you can find.  If you want some other pictures, just let me know
     and I'll upload the 4096 color  Amiga  files  or  the  256  color .GIF
     files.  You can see them on the ST with about 90% of the effect on the
     other computers.  They get squeezed down from 640-400 to  320-200, but
     they don't lose as much as you would expect."

 On  the  subject  of  Atari  "crippling"  or  "hobbling" certain models to
 prevent user/dealer hardware upgrades, Bob Retelle posts:

     "I...have never seen the "modified" Mega 2 motherboard... I'm going on
     "eyewitness" reports from people who  have  said  that  the  board was
     identical  to  the  previous  boards,  but with the second bank of RAM
     positions removed, one of whom  used  to  be  the  local  "Atari Fixit
     Wizard"...    (I  knew things  were bad when I went to a computer swap
     show and he was selling all his Atari diagnostic tools...   :(

     I suppose it really doesn't matter  one  way  or  the  other... but...
     considering the number of units sold, if it WAS to force buying a Mega
     4 instead of upgrading a Mega 2, I wonder if  they ever  made back the
     costs of the modification..."

 From our "Blast From The Past" department, Dazzz Smith mentions:

     "...Sir  Clive  Sinclair's  quote  when  he was talking about the just
     released Sinclair ZX81, "It can be used to run a power station".

     This was of course a new computer with a full 1k of memory built in!"

 Aidan Heritage tells Dazzz:

     "And it was my first computer - How well I remember it.  Tell  you one
     thing, the  programs for  it were  amazing -  and made sensible use of
     memory.  With only 16K to play with (and then  only if  you had  a ram
     pack)  you  had  to  use  memory  with care.  These days, the smallest
     utility seems to guzzle memory!"

 From The Atari Vendors Forum

 From our "The Grass ISN'T Always Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence"
 department Charles Carpenter posts:

     "I have recently switched from a TT030 to  an IBM  486 compatible with
     Windows.   I soon  realized how  spoiled I became as a PageStream user
     and am having difficulty  figuring  out  which  Windows  program comes
     close.   Does anyone  here have experience on the Windows platform who
     might be able to steer me in the right direction...?!"

 Mike Mortilla of ZNET Online tells Charles:

     "You could always buy a gemulator (a board that allows you to emulate
     an ST). Not only could you  keep PageStream,  but all  the other great
     stuff that can only be had with TOS."

 Charles replies to  Mike:

     "I've looked into that.  I need to learn about product to recommend to
     others.  I might be able to get  along with  a Gemulator  and PgS just
     fine,  but  would  not  feel  comfortable  recommending  a board which
     emulates another computer which will run a certain  DTP product.   The
     business operation I'm dealing with would not understand what the heck
     was going on and would certainly not recommend my services  to others.
     Thanks for  your suggestion,  but it  wasn't the type of information I

 John Amsler asks Charles F. Johnson of CodeHead Technologies about

     "Are  there  any  modules,  utilities,  or  whatever  that  will allow
     MegaPaint II  to import/edit TIFF files?  Are there any plans for such
     upgrades in the future?"

 Charles replies:

     "Sorry, there's no module  to  import  TIFF  graphics  into MegaPaint.
     That is  on the  to-do list,  but to  be honest the sales of MegaPaint
     have been so disappointing that new modules have a pretty low priority
     at present.  (And by the way, our last word from the German developers
     was that they planned no more upgrades to the Atari version.)"

 John replies to Charles' reply:

     "That's what I was afraid of.

     Of course, if  they're  already  adopting  the  position  of  "no more
     upgrades" then  there's no reason for people to buy the product in the
     first place!  (But I understand their position, believe me.)

     MegaPaint II is a magnificent (and FAST) program.   Is  there anything
     like  it  on  the  Mac  or  IBM?    Maybe, but at the same cost as the
     MegaPaint II?

     It seems like Atari computers are getting "orphaner" every day."

 Charles tells John:

     "Yes, that's correct.  Unfortunately, we aren't the  developers of the
     program; we  simply imported it and distributed it.  But we did expect
     at least a little bit better sales than it has  had.   (We barely paid
     for the  ads we  ran.)   You're right, it's really powerful and REALLY
     fast.  The developers of MegaPaint now have  a Windows  version of the
     program on which they're concentrating their energies."

 John adds:

     "That  sounds  EXACTLY  like  what  happened  to  ChessMaster, Falcon,
     WordPerfect, and a host of  other  software:    no  ST  sales,  so the
     developers say, "To hell with you Atari; hello, MS-DOS!"

     It's sickening:   such  an outstanding  machine, its potential wasted,
     its glory stolen by such a PC [_P_iece of _C_rap <g>].

     (Oh, yes, I know  you guys  were the  importer and  not the developer.
     And, like I said, I understand the developer's position:  if there are
     no sales, there will be no development.)

     THANKS!!, to you and John,  for  sticking  with  supporting  the Atari
     users during these "dark" times."

 Charles finishes up with this post:

     "It's hard  to blame anyone for wanting to make a living, and put food
     on the table.   This is  something that's  getting increasingly harder
     for Atari  developers to  do.   I'm very glad that I have an alternate
     source of income (as a professional  musician).   Atari's made  a real
     mess of things in the US."

 Nathan Potechin of DMC (the Calamus people) posts:

     "I am  currently working  on a new customer mailout, to bring everyone
     up to date. Believe it or not, many  registered Calamus  owners do not
     own modems.  ;-) Although  I will  not discuss  the products  in depth
     until their release, I can say that we will be  releasing: Outline Art
     3.0, Mask Module, Curve and Line Module, update to Dataformer, 350 new
     original  typesetters  fonts  from  the  world-famous   Berthold  Font
     Foundry, Toolbox  Module with  a new  Clipboard extension, MT-Scan for
     Microtek Scanners, HPIV printer drivers, Service  Bureau announcement,
     HP550C printer  driver AND  an import driver for Kodak Photo CD, all 5
     formats.  A few other products may or may not be ready by the  time we
     do this mailout so I'll most likely save them for the next."

 From The Atari Portfolio Forum

 Mark Gordon posts:

     "I was  given a new portfolio as a going away present (I just moved to
     St. Louis).  I know this is a subjective question  but I  want to know
     what people  feel are  the essential peripherals to make the portfolio
     useful.  For example; ac  adaptor,  parallel  port,  serial  port, ram
     card(s),  memory  expansion,  programs,  etc.   Also, should I get the
     expanded spiral manual?  Also, also, can I  use rechargable batteries?
     Also, also,  also, any stores in St. Louis that carry these things our
     do I have to go mail order."

 David Stewart tells Mark:

     "In my humble opinion as owner  of the  company, I  think that Re:Port
     newsletter is  invaluable for a Portfolio user <g> ... but after that,
     you'll probably want a parallel interface  at the  very least,  so you
     can hook  up to  a printer  and a  PC.   Also, a  RAM card of any size
     (preferably as big as you can afford) is a definite  must-have.  After
     that, a PC Card Drive is the best for transferring files if you have a
     desktop PC.  If you'd like  more information  on how  to order  any of
     these  things,  leave  me  your  address  in  email, and I will send a
     brochure and a mail-order price list."

 Mark Reeves adds:

     "This is  just my  opinion, get  a serial  interface, once  you get it
     going, it is much much better and faster and more useful than the par.
     interface.  Avoid the recharge batteries, not really worth it  and the
     lower voltage 3.75 vs 4,5 for fresh batteries may cause problems.  Get
     a power adapter, very useful.  Do not get any ram cards get one of the
     524k flash  cards from optrol, best since sliced bread (I'm biased) in
     that respect.  This card has  524k of  flash memory,  128k of  ram, 10
     year data  retention time, and never needs batteries, and its the same
     price as a 128k ram card.  If you need more info let me know.."

 Sysop Ron Luks talks about the status of the Portfolio in the
 "Technological Meat Market":

     "Atari has not abandoned the Portfolio.  You  can still  get parts and
     service and  Atari sells  some commercial  software for it.  We have a
     wealth of software available for downloading from this  forum, as well
     as a steady stream of new files from overseas.  Thats the good news.

     The bad  news is  that while Atari has not dropped the Portfolio, they
     seem to have no interest in enhancing or improving it  or replacing it
     with more  powerful models.   They  seem to  have adopted  the low end
     niche market and are competing strictly on a  price basis.   As newer,
     more powerful  models come  out from the competition, Atari just sells
     the Portfolio cheaper.    I  also know  of no  NEW pieces  of software
     especially for the Portfolio under development by Atari Corp.

     I'd  say  that  if  the  Portfolio satisfies your needs in its present
     state, its a good value.  If you are looking  for a  product that will
     grow with  you as your needs/desires grow, or if you are looking for a
     product with a clear  upgrade path,  thats a  very weak  aspect of the

     The keyboard  on the Portfolio is one of the very best-- at any price.
     Understand, there are better keyboards, but not in this size range.  I
     rate the keyboard as the Portfolio's best feature.

     Battery life  if pretty good.  It depends on use, of course, and which
     peripherals are connected to it, but you can get a couple of weeks out
     of a set of batteries."

     Well folks,  that's it  for this  week.   C'mon back next time and sit
 back in that comfortable chair, kick  your  shoes  off,  relax  a  bit and
 listen to what they are saying when...

                            People Are Talking



 March 11, 1993
                New Online Magazine Debuts for the Amiga!
     A new  online magazine  for the  Amiga line of personal computers will
 debut on Friday, March 19.
     The magazine will contain  much  of which  you would  find in  a real,
 paper based  magazine reviews, columns, editorials, letters, etc.  We will
 also publish highlights of the major topics of discussion from  the online
 services, and cover the newest uploads.
     Amiga    Report  will  be  a  weekly publication, released each Friday
 evening.  It will be available  on  most  of  the  major  online services,
 (GEnie,  CompuServe,  Delphi,  NVN).    Additionally,  Amiga Report can be
 obtained from The Bounty BBS, Home of STR  Publications, 904-786-41767 USR
 DS 16.8  and on  the Amiga  Report headquarters  BBS, The Nova BBS FidoNet
 node 1:362/508, 615-472-9748 USR HST.
     Amiga Report  is the  sister publication  of STReport,  a long running
 online  magazine  for  the  Atari  ST  computers.   Both magazines will be
 published by Ralph F. Mariano of STR Publications, who is also the founder
 of STR  Publications and  senior editor  of STReport.   The staff of Amiga
 Report includes Robert Glover (Editor), Micah Thompson (Technical Editor),
 Mike  Troxell  (Graphics/Animation  Editor), and Tom Mulcahy (Contributing


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 > MTOS CONFERENCE STR Feature          From DELPHI's Atari Advantage

               Official Transcript - MTOS Formal Conference
                         DELPHI's Atari Advantage
                         Tuesday, March 9th, 1993

     Welcome  to  DELPHI's  Atari  Advantage,  and tonight's special Formal
 Conference.  The topic tonight is MultiTOS, and we have with us some Atari
 staffers who  can tell us everything we want to know about MTOS.  I'd like
 to welcome John Townsend back to  DELPHI  after  an  absence  of  a couple
 years.    And,  I'd  like  to  welcome  Eric  Smith to our friendly little
 community for the first  time. And,  it's always  nice to  have Bob Brodie
 with us.
     For those  of you  who don't get out much, Eric is the author of MiNT,
 the basis for MultiTOS.  MiNT originally stood  for MiNT  is Not  TOS, but
 has evolved into MiNT is Now TOS.  <G>  John is a longtime TOS programmer,
 and between the two  of them,  they know  MTOS better  than any  other two
 people.  Maybe any other 5 people...
     I want to remind everyone that this is a Formal Conference tonight, so
 you'll have to use the /q command to ask a question or make a comment.
     That said, let me turn  things  over  to  Bob,  who  will  give  us an
 overview of MTOS, and how it works.

 .Bob @ Atari>
     Once again,  I'm delighted  to be  here on  Delphi!  It's been quite a
 while since COMDEX when I last participated in a formal live CO  here! Our
 correspondent  for  Atari  Explorer  Online Magazine, Andreas Barbiero has
 been instrumental in  encouraging  us  to  arrange  tonight's  CO  here on
 Delphi, along with Gordie Meyer of the Atari Advantage SIG. Thanks to both
 of you for your efforts at making this evening possible!!
     Tonight, I'm pleased to welcome two of the engineers from our software
 group, Eric Smith and John Townsend to join us online to discuss MultiTOS.
 I know that you're all very anxious to hear as much as  possible about the
 capabilities of  MultiTOS, and  Eric and  John are well equipped to answer
 those questions about MultiTOS.  As many of your may  know, Eric developed
 a program called MiNT (which stood for Mint is NOT TOS).  Originally, MiNT
 didn't  multitask  with  GEM  applications,  but   rather  gave   users  a
 multi-tasking environment  to operate  TOS applications from.  MiNT is now
 incorporated into MultiTOS, and has changed dramatically since  Eric first
 wrote it.  Obviously, we  were impressed  enough with his efforts to offer
 him a position within Atari! <grin>  Tonight, Eric is  using the Ataritech
 account here on Delphi.
     John Townsend has been with Atari over five years now, and has been an
 important member of the software engineering group during the last 3 years
 of his  tenure with  us.   John has  also been  one of our stalwart online
 support people as well, and I know that  he's excited  to be  here with us
 tonight on Delphi!!  John is using the AtariCorp account tonight!
     Before we begin with the MultiTOS portion of our CO, I'm sure that you
 are all very interested  in the  status of  the delivery  schedule for the
 Atari  Falcon030  here  in  the  US.    We have had a small setback in the
 manufacturing of the unit.  One of our suppliers is running about  10 days
 behind in providing us with a couple of components that we need for the US
 machines.  This means that the machines will probably arrive in late March
 to early  April.   We expect  to be  able to provide our dealers with demo
 units this month, and quickly follow that up with a better supply of units
 that can be sold to the public.  All of the units that we will have during
 the month  of  March  will  be  configured  with  four  megs  of  ram, and
 sixty-five megabyte hard disks.
     The reception  that we've  had for the machines has been nothing short
 of sensational!!  The phone has been ringing  constantly, with  many, many
 people interested  in signing up as Atari dealers.  As you might expect, a
 significant amount of interest is coming  from  the  music  field,  as few
 other computer  systems can  match the  digital sound  capabilities of the
 Atari Falcon030 right out of the box!!  We have enough orders in hand that
 we expect to be sold out quickly.
     This is  the same  type of  reception that the Falcon030 has gotten in
 the rest of the  world, for  instance in  Germany, where  it was literally
 sold out in a matter of hours!!!
     Much of  our efforts  here in  Sunnyvale over  the course  of the last
 month has revolved around finalizing plans for dealer  agreements.   It is
 our hope  that we'll  be able to restore the value of an Atari dealership,
 and help the dealers be able to be more profitable.  We will be soon going
 over the  new arrangements  with all of our current dealers, as we release
 the pricing, and other sales related information to our current dealers.
     This means that we will be  speaking  to  every  one  of  our existing
 dealers, either directly ourselves or via one of our rep firms.  Among the
 very firm requirements that we will have is  that the  dealer must  have a
 storefront in order to sell the Atari Falcon030.
     Now, we'd  like to  tell you  a little bit about MultiTOS!  After all,
 that's the main thrust of our visit tonight here on  Delphi is  to discuss
 MultiTOS with you!
     MultiTOS provides  your Atari  computer with multitasking, the ability
 to run more than  one application  at a  time. Since  your computer spends
 much of its time waiting for user input, multitasking makes more efficient
 use of processing power--when one application,  say, your  word processor,
 is waiting  for input,  the rest of your computer's attention is turned to
 other tasks.
     MultiTOS includes several important  features  that  make multitasking
 reliable and  efficient. Adaptive prioritization gives the most processing
 power to the most  important program  running-- the  word processor you're
 typing into receives higher priority than the processor-hungry compression
 program  running  simultaneously  in  the  background.  Memory  protection
 prevents one  program from  interfering with another active program's data
 in memory. And if  one program  quits unexpectedly  or "crashes," MultiTOS
 protects  other  applications,  which  continue  to  run; only in the most
 extreme circumstances will you need to restart your computer.
     MultiTOS runs existing,  correctly-written  TOS  programs--as  many as
 your computer's memory allows. Some programs are already being upgraded to
 take advantage of MultiTOS features, and more programs  written especially
 for MultiTOS are on their way, from Atari and third-party companies.

     MultiTOS  can  run  as  many  programs  simultaneously  as will fit in
 memory;  GEM  programs,  Desk  Accessories,  and  TOS  programs   can  all
 peacefully coexist  under MultiTOS.  You can  move from  one to the other,
 using whichever you need. When one program is busy, you  can set  it aside
 and work on something else until it's done. When you finish with a program
 and exit it, the memory it occupied is freed for other  tasks.

     All running  programs  share  the  screen,  each  putting  up  its own
 windows; with  several programs  running, windows may overlap or be hidden
 altogether by one  another.  The  application  that  receives  input, like
 keystrokes, from  you is  called the foreground or topped application, and
 other  programs  running  simultaneously   are  background,   or  untopped
     Unlike TOS,  MultiTOS allows  you to  operate any  window's gadgets to
 move, resize, or scroll the window, even if the window is not topped. When
 you click within a window (but not on its gadgets), that window is topped,
 and so is the application that owns it. The topped  application's menu bar
 is displayed,  unless it  doesn't have  a menu bar--in that case, the menu
 bar is unchanged.
     Running  GEM  programs  under  MultiTOS  is   straightforward:  simply
 double-click the  program's icon.  The MultiTOS  Distribution Kit includes
 two simple GEM programs, "Clock" and  "Lines." Double-click  on CLOCK.APP,
 and an  analog clock appears in a window, but the Desktop's icons and menu
 bar  are  still  visible.  Double-click  on  LINES.APP,  and   a  graphics
 demonstration appears  in a  window.   Resize the Lines window so that you
 can see the clock and some of the Desktop. Both  programs and  the Desktop
 are running  simultaneously! From  here, you can run still other programs,
 or perform Desktop operations like file copies.
     As with TOS, you can access  your  Desk  Accessories  from  the "Desk"
 menu. Unlike  TOS, MultiTOS  can load  Desk Accessories  as you need them.
 Double-click on a ".ACC" file to  run it,  just as  you would  another GEM
 application.   You may  want to keep only the essential Accessories loaded
 at all times, and load others when needed. You can do this by putting your
 ".ACC" files in a directory other than the root of drive C:\.
     TOS programs  present a special problem for multitasking, because they
 usually assume they are the only programs running, and that  they have the
 whole screen to themselves. Since TOS programs don't know how to share the
 screen, MultiTOS does it for them,  by  giving  them  their  own "screen,"
 within  a  window.  When  you  double-click  a  ".TOS"  or ".TTP" program,
 MultiTOS runs another program, "MINIWIN," which sets up a window  in which
 the TOS  program runs.  MINIWIN lets you select the size of the window TOS
 programs  are  given,  and  the  font  they  use.    You  can  change this
 information by choosing "Configure..." in the leftmost menu when running a
 TOS program. Note: TOS programs assume they're using  a "monospaced" font,
 where  all  characters  are  the  same width. MINIWIN allows you to choose
 "proportionally spaced" fonts, where a  "w"  is  wider  than  an  "i," for
 example. If  you choose a proportionally spaced font, the program may look
 strange, but is otherwise fine.
     When several applications are running, the topped application presents
 its  menu  bar  and  receives  your  keystrokes.  The  others  are  in the
 background, where you can  still move  and resize  their windows,  but you
 can't  click  on  their  menus  or  give them keyboard commands.  MultiTOS
 provides  several  ways  to  manage  all  the  applications  you  may have
 running, and to choose which of them is topped.
     The leftmost  menu in  the menu bar is called the "Desk" menu, because
 that's what  it's  called  when  the  Desktop  is  topped.    When another
 MultiTOS-friendly  application  is  run,  and  the application has its own
 menu bar, the application's name replaces "Desk" in the menu  bar--this is
 one way to tell which program is topped.  Some older applications will not
 do this, but will otherwise work fine.
     The Desk menu contains the names of all installed Desk Accessories and
 below, the  names of  all applications  currently running, with the topped
 application indicated by a  checkmark.  You  can  top  another  program by
 clicking on  its name  in this menu; its windows (if it has any) spring to
 the front, and its menu bar (if it has one) appears.
     You can run as many programs  as  your  available  memory  allows, but
 there are  reasons why  you may  not want  to. Often, there is very little
 difference in system  performance  with  several  programs  running, since
 many of  these programs  are just  waiting for  input.   When programs are
 actively processing, or reading and writing data on  a disk,  they consume
 more of  your Atari's processing power. You may be tempted to leave things
 running in the background because it's so easy, but if they make  too many
 demands on the system, performance will suffer. It's best to shut down any
 programs you're not planning to use, just as you would  exit them  in TOS.
 This makes  the most  memory and  "computing horsepower" available for the
 programs  you  really  need.  Experiment,  and  see  what  combinations of
 programs work well together.
     Shut programs down with MultiTOS the same way you would with TOS: save
 whatever you're working on, then select  "Quit," click  the "close" gadget
 on a  window, type "exit," or whatever. This gives the program a chance to
 save and  close any  files it  has open  and exit  cleanly, returning your
 computer to  its normal  state. As always, it's best to save your work and
 exit from all  running  applications  before  restarting  or  turning your
 computer off.
     Occasionally, a  program may  "hang" in  a state where it is no longer
 running correctly, but does not exit. When this happens, you  can shut the
 program  down  from  the  Desktop.    Select  "Install  Devices" under the
 "Options" menu, then open  drive U:\,  and then  the "PROC"  folder.  This
 folder contains  "files" that represent all the programs currently running
 under MultiTOS, along with parts of MultiTOS itself.  To stop  or "kill" a
 program,  simply  drag  it  to  the  trash.    Be  very  careful with this
 technique. Kill only programs which have  not responded  otherwise, or are
 otherwise behaving incorrectly. Be careful what you throw away, because it
 is possible to shut down a part of MultiTOS itself, after which  it can be
 difficult  to  recover  without  restarting.    If  you  aren't  sure what
 something is, don't kill it.
     Although Atari has made  every effort  to accomodate  even ill-behaved
 TOS  programs,  you  may  occasionally  encounter  programs  that  are not
 compatible with MultiTOS. These programs may  "crash," (exit unexpectedly)
 or  "hang,"  (keep  running  without  accepting  input, refusing to exit).
 Usually when this happens, MultiTOS  continues  unharmed,  along  with any
 other programs  running at  the time of the crash. Sometimes, if a program
 crashes in an especially spectacular  way,  it  can  interfere  with other
 parts of  MultiTOS operation, or other programs. If you see error messages
 on your screen, or if you  notice peculiar  behavior from  other programs,
 save your work and reboot your computer. Try to isolate the problem to the
 particular program and  action  that  caused  the  crash,  and  report the
 problem to the program's authors or publisher.
     When you  encounter a  program which  doesn't run under MultiTOS under
 any circumstances but you  need to  run nevertheless,  you can temporarily
 disable MultiTOS,  and restart  your computer  with TOS.  To do this, save
 any work in progress, shut down any running applications, and restart your
 computer.  You  can  use  the  Reset  button,  or  hold down <Control> and
 <Alternate> and  press <Delete>.  Immediately after  restarting, hold down
 the left  <Shift> key.  You will  be asked, "Load MultiTOS?  (y)es  (n)o."
 Press the <n> key, and your computer will start up without MultiTOS.
     With the power of  MultiTOS  comes  responsibility.  Since  some older
 programs expect  to be  the only thing running, they may not guard against
 some things which can happen "when their backs are turned."  You can avoid
 these problems  by not  using one program or the Desktop to interfere with
 another active program. For  example,  don't  move  configuration  or open
 document files for your word processor while it's running; the program may
 assume the files are  in their  original place,  and behave unpredictably.
 Similarly, be  careful with  programs that  manipulate disk data directly;
 don't run a hard disk defragmentation program in the background and save a
 file  to  the  same  disk,  or  the  results  could be unpleasant. As more
 MultiTOS-aware  programs  become  available,   these   problems   will  be

     It was  hoped that  we would  be able to simply upload MultiTOS to the
 online networks, and "allow nature  to  take  it's  course."    During the
 course of  that discussion, it was pointed out that we have an arrangement
 that requires the payment of a royalty for each copy of GEM  that we sell,
 which  makes  the  uploading  of  MultiTOS  impossible  to do.  Pricing on
 MultiTOS hasn't  been set,  but it  would not  be unreasonable  for you to
 expect it to be selling at a suggested list price of $75 US.
     At  this  point,  we're  ready  to  take  on  all your questions about
 MultiTOS, or any other  Atari specific  topic that  you might  want to ask

     Okay, I've got about 4 questions up already, so if anyone else has
     one, use the /q to get it in.

     Bill has a question about pricing...

 .Bill in ATL>
     Thanks Bob, I am indeed excited about the MultiTos as everyone
     else.  And was curious as to whether the dealers would be the first
     or would that be strictly a distributorship handling affair.  ga

 .Bob @ Atari>
     The first people that we will be dealing with is the dealers.
     We are crafting a separate agreement with the distributors. ga

 .Bill in ATL>
     Thanks, and I hope to be one of those shortly.

     Next is a question from Hudson about TOS versions...

     Will Multi_TOS work with all versions of TOS?

 .Eric @ Atari>
     It should work, but we haven't tested it with TOS 1.0. We strongly
     recommend that users upgrade if they're still using such an old       
     version of TOS. ga

     Joseph has a question about recruiting converts to MTOS...

 .Joseph T.@ATA>
     Would you consider supporting the idea of, if necessary, helping      
     ensure that MultiTOS can work on an Atari emulator running on an      

     I'm certain that if it was done, there'd be plenty of "Workbench's"
     ditched in favor of a better OS and more powerful computer, I know
     this because the SysOp of a local Amiga BBS seems very interested
     in the Falcon, particularly the DSP and the MultiTOS operating
     system....<It's nice I CoSysop both a 486/33 and Amiga 2000 BBS,
     this gives me access to many potential new customers!!!!>

     I love my ORPHANe, STill!!!!  >>>

 .Towns @ Atari>
     I don't think so ;-)

 .Joseph T.@ATA>
     Why not?

 .Bob @ Atari>
     I don't think so either,...

 .Joseph T.@ATA>
     Think of it, stick 'em with something they can't touch unless
     they get the real thing!!!!

 .Towns @ Atari>
     Why should we bother supporting Hardware that we don't sell?

 .Joseph T.@ATA>
     And, couldn't you sell MultiTOS in a way that it'd be an upgrade
     of GEM, and perhaps bypass royalties?  ga

 .Towns @ Atari>
     Royalties isn't the issue. It's licensing. Atari can't just give
     away other people's property on an online service.

     Next up is a question from Dana.  If it'll go through after he left...

     Okay, it didn't go.  I'll ask it.  What are the minimum requirements  
     to run MTOS, and what's the maximum number of programs that can be    

 .Eric @ Atari>
     MultiTOS will run on any ST, STe, TT, or Falcon. We suggest that
     users have at least 2 megabytes of memory and a hard disk, but it
     will run on a 1 megabyte system with a floppy disk.  You can run as
     many programs as memory will hold.  ga

     Thanks, Eric.  Next is a question from Nick about disk space...

     I understand that MultiTOS is disk-based.  How much space will it
     occupy on a hard drive (approximately)?

 .Eric @ Atari>
     It takes up about 800K or so. (Actually a bit less; it will fit
     on a double sided floppy.)  ga

     Does MultiTOS work equally well with programs whose flag bits are set
     to load and/or allocate from ST RAM (on a TT), as with those set to
     use TT RAM?

 .Eric @ Atari>
     Yes.  ga

     Sam has a question about an expansion buss.

     emulation.  I would like to know what other options are or will be
     available this year that you might be able to disscuss.

 .Bob @ Atari>
     I didn't see that entire question, but I take it that you're
     asking about what emulation modes will be available for the
     Atari Falcon030.  There is a firm commitment from one of our
     developers in Holland, COMPO, to produce a 486SX PC Board to go
     into the Direct Parallel Processor slot on the Atari Falcon030.
     As well as our good friend, David Small, who is hard at work
     on his version of a Mac emulator to go into the same slot.

     I am not interested in emulation,what other options  ga

 .Bob @ Atari>
     I'm afraid that your question is not coming across clearly,
     I think it would be best if you sent me email on the subject,
     and outline your question clearly.  I'll be happy to respond to
     it in email, in extensive detail. ga

     Okay, how about Hudson with a question about software...

     Since software sells hardware, maybe you can give a little insight
     on the players (Microsoft, NeXT) that you've rounded up to produce
     some high profile software for the Falcon and other Atari Computers.
     Thanx in advance ga.

 .Bob @ Atari>
     We presently don't have anything in the queue with MicroSoft,
     or NeXT.  We do have some other very interesting discussions
     underway with other developers, especially on the game side of
     things.  However, since those products are still in development,
     in wouldn't be prudent to mention those names at this time. ga

     Can you comment on rumors about video manipulation software
     (Toaster-type) from anyone?  <g>  ga

 .Bob @ Atari>
     Are you referring to the post from the German non devs in Germany
     that was on Usenet a couple of weeks ago?

     I was thinking about someone a little closer to home, actually...

 .Bob @ Atari>
     Ah, gotcha!  Lexicor has a number of very interesting products
     in line for the Falcon030.  For example, Phoenix Render...which
     looks very fast, and is very, very fast!  I've heard that Lee
     Seilor has plans for a product (working title of Toaster Roaster)
     which should blow the doors off of the Video Toaster.  GA

     LOL!  I asked because that kind of thing would fit in perfectly with
     the concept of Personal Integrated Media that Atari has developed.  ga
     (Which, by the way, is a big enough subject for a whole other CO...)

 .Bob @ Atari>
     Which we'll be happy to do at another time with Lexicor.

     How about one from Paul about the MTOS manual...

     What type of manual will accompany MultiTOS?  Will it be just a user's
     guide, or will it have some meat in it?  I.E. technical/programming

 .Eric @ Atari>
     The guide that comes with MultiTOS is for users (it's similar to
     the manuals that come with other Atari products). We will have
     extensive documentation for developers.  ga

     Great. Thanks.

     Now, one from Bill on support...

 .Bill in ATL>
     Bob, What type of support can the new user to the Atari platform
     reasonably expect Atari Support via an 800 number?
 .Bob @ Atari>
     Bill, I think I have the gist of your question now.  We have
     had discussions about adding an 800 number for customer support.
     At this point, the dealer is still going to need to be the
     forefront of the support effort, and as business improves, we'll
     be able to add additional support mechanisms, like 800 numbers.

     That seems to fit in with the requirement that dealers have a

 .Bob @ Atari>
     Exactly, Gordie.  We're very set on that requirement, too.  ga

     Okay, Chris has a question about the expansion bus...

     You mentioned that the expansion bus is a "Direct Parallel Processor"
     slot.  Does this mean that a 486 emulation card would allow DOS and
     TOS apps to be run concurrently?

 .Bob @ Atari>
     To be honest, Chris, I don't see anything to prevent it.  But
     I have only seen it demo'ed with one or the other running.
     You sure started a discussion here in the office with that one.
     <grin>  I have seen the PC Card, as did Gordie, at COMDEX.

 .Towns @ Atari>
     The slot wouldn't prevent such a thing, but the emulator software
     would have to support it. That's up to Compo.  ga

     Next up...  Andre with a question on multiple resolutions at the same

     Can programs needing to be run in different resolutions be run at
     the same time?

 .Towns @ Atari>
     Sorry.. When you are running programs under MultiTOS, they must
     all be running in the same resolution.
     Does that answer your question?


 .Towns @ Atari>
     Atari encourages its developers to make their applications work
     in any resolution  ;-)

     Run in, or be launched from?

 .Towns @ Atari>
     same thing, Gordie.  ga

     Next is Richard with a question about larger IDE drives...

     Will larger IDE drives w/software be available from Atari or
     Dealers later?  Thanks for coming here @ Delphi tonight.

 .Bob @ Atari>
     Hi Richard, there will be larger drives available from Atari,
     as well as many other PC vendors that sell standard IDE 2.5"
     mechanisms.  We're planning on getting 80, 120, 200 meg units.
     and they will come with Speedo GDOS, and MultiTOS on each of the
     drives that we will be selling here at Atari, to add an incentive
     to purchase the drives from us. :)  Thanks for the welcome...
     I enjoy being online here, and only wish that there was more time
     to be online.  :)

     If the hypothetical 2 piece cased Falcon were to come out, would it
     still be restricted to a 2.5" drive?  Hypothetically?  <g>

 .Bob @ Atari>
     Gordie, sorry...we can't comment on non-existent product.

     Somehow, I had a feeling you'd say that...  <G>
     Next is JJ with a question about Falcon numbers...

     In light of the recent second shipment of falcons to Germany that is
     bouncing around the internet, what kind of numbers can we expect to
     see on the first shipment to the US?

 .Towns @ Atari>
     Shipments of Falcon's bouncing around the internet? Wow! ;-)

 .Bob @ Atari>
     Hi JJ, first of all, I doubt that the Falcons are on the Internet
     although the idea of it is really interesting...<grin>

     Think of the money you'd save...

 .Bob @ Atari>
     Second, we're not confirming or denying how many shipments we
     have made to any of the countries that we do business with.
     Our initial shipment for Falcons in North America will be for
     dealer units and perhaps some review units, or perhaps even some
     support people ( Hello, Gordie! ).  After that, there will be a
     good supply of units going out for sale.  Overall, we're really
     pleased with the amount of demand that we are getting for the
     product, and very pleased that there is good press as well. ga

     ok, thanks. done

     And now one from Hudson on advertising...

     What is Atari planning planning for advertisement (Print as well as
     TV, etc.) to help hype the US debut (selling debut at least:))?

 .Eric @ Atari>
     Just a sec...

 .Bob @ Atari>
     OK, I ran out to check with Garry Tramiel our GM for the US to
     make sure that I had everything down right for this answer, and
     apologize for the delay in responding.  At this point, as we
     have started re-signing our dealers, we are making arrangements
     er...that should be provisions for advertising plans by our
     dealers via a market development fund.  Then, as production
     continues to ramp up, and we can supply the demand that we will
     create with the advertisements, we will be doing print ads on a
     national basis.  I don't forsee TV at this point, it's a truly
     extraordinary expense.  Although via the market development fund
     program, we'd be pleased to do things like local cable TV ads,
     which can be done in some areas of the country for a very, very
     reasonable amount of money. ga

     Aw, gee.  I was hoping to see Atari Falcon030 ads on ST:TNG, ST: DS9
     and B5...  <g>

 .Bob @ Atari>
     I'm hoping to still see B5, Gordie! :)

     Next is one from Joseph, on a pause mode in MTOS...

 .Joseph T.@ATA>
     You mention that tasks should be turned off if unused, is there a
     feature that allows you to "turn off" a program, yet it still be
     ready and waiting to resume, sorta like a pause mode?

 .Eric @ Atari>
     Joseph: You can just "ignore" a program. Every program has its
     windows on the same screen, so you can very easily switch between
     programs.  They're all ready and available all the time. If the
     program isn't doing anything, it won't take up any processor time.
     Does that answer your question?  ga

 .Joseph T.@ATA>
     I think so, but can MTOS pause or shut it down and leave it intact
     while doing nothing, with MTOS in control?  ga

 .Eric @ Atari>
     The MultiTOS desktop is always available, so in some sense MTOS is
     always "in control". The Desk menu has a list of all accessories and
     applications, and you can switch to a different application by
     selecting it from the menu (or by clicking on one of its windows).

     Andreas had a question...

     Eric, I was wondering if you could expound on the need for an 030 to
     run MTOS and the less-than-stellar results that can happen from
     running MTOS on a 68000.  GA

 .Eric @ Atari>
     On a 68000 based machine (like an ST or STe) there will be no memory
     protection (since the 68000 doesn't provide this feature). On a 68030
     (a Falcon or TT) programs can be protected from one another.

     Just so no-one has any doubts or misunderstandings.

 .Eric @ Atari>
     That generally means that badly behaved applications will crash only
     themselves on a 68030 machines, whereas on a 68000 they can cause
     trouble for other applications that are running at the same time
     (or even crash the system). Plus, if you have several applications
     running at the same time, the extra speed of the 68030 will really
     help :-).

     On my Mega STe, programs would run nicely together several times
     in a row, and then when a spurious bit of data would be encountered...
     blammo!  It was STILL a REALLY nice experience to have several
     programs ALIVE at once, and have those Atari Falcon030 icons around.
     I know all the hackers out there will be happy to run it on their
     venerable STs!!!

 .Eric @ Atari>
     ATARIPOWER7: There is no "pause" feature such as you describe built
     into the desktop, but the OS could support this if a 3rd party
     supplied it.

 .Bob @ Atari>
     Thanks for your comments, Andreas... the icons ARE really neat.

     Okay, Andre has a question about MTOS and the SST...

     I hear that its better to run MultiTOS on a 68030 rather than a
     68000.  If this is true do you know of any problems with using 
     MultiTOS with the SST board ( P.S. I love my Mega St ).

 .Eric @ Atari>
     MultiTOS should work fine on 68030 boards. I don't know about the
     SST specifically, but I'm sure it would be OK. (I know that some of
     our developers were running MultiTOS on 68030 equipped ST's.)  ga

     Bob T. has a question about Atari & the KCAC show...



 .Bob @ Atari>
     Well Bob...<ahem>
     We're really excited about the amount of interest that has been
     exhibited by our user groups for the show schedule this coming
     summer.  KCAC is planning on having a terrific show, as our many
     other groups throughout the US.  At this point, because our plans
     for CES are unclear, it's difficult to project what our exact
     participation will be at ALL the shows upcoming this summer. In
     particular, June looks to be a VERY busy month, with events in
     Indy, Asheville, and Kansas City.  From time to time, I do like
     to spend a weekend at home (and my family still likes it, too),
     so we'll see what happens.  I certainly want to take this
     opportunity to encourage everyone to get out to as many of these
     events as they possibly particular the KC Show, as it
     is their very first effort at a show.  I wish you every success!

     And don't forget to bring lots of money!  The developers can use it!
     (End of unabashed plug)  The Georgia Catfish has a question about
     DELPHI support...

 .Bill in ATL>
     Bob, as director of Communications would it be impractical to ask
     for a more frequent presence here on DELPHI even though The "G" is
     the Official Atari Online service?

     And no, I didn't prompt him to ask that...  <g>

 .Bob @ Atari>
     Actually, it's not unreasonable to ask, but at this point I
     cannot commit to it.  With the workload of the dealer agreements
     and dealing with the press, I actually haven't been posting on
     any of the online services very much at all.  Part of the reason
     that we have obtained the extra accounts for use on Delphi is
     to have another group of people that we can send online to
     provide you with the support that you deserve.  We certainly
     enjoy being on Delphi...but you are also correct when you note
     that GEnie is our number one online service.  I expect our
     arrangement with GEnie to remain a VERY long term one, but will
     make every effort to be on Delphi as much as time permits.  At
     this point, the ATARIMUSIC account has been assigned to one of
     the Music staff, and Mike Fulton from Developer support will be
     using the AtariTech account here.  So, we are TRYING...but one of
     the more precious commodities that we have here at Atari right
     now is PEOPLE, and TIME.  We must be certain that we use both of
     them as wisely as possible. ga

     Wimp has a question about the Falcon market...

     What do you see as the demographics of the Falcon market?  And what
     platforms do you see as competition for the Falcon?

 .Eric @ Atari>
     There really is no competition <grin>

 .Bob @ Atari>
     The intent of the Falcon is to finally penetrate the home
     market with a machine that brings the promise of multimedia to
     the home user, and provides them FINALLY with a reason for them
     to purchase a computer.  Many thousands of people (unlike you and
     I) still fail to find a compelling reason to purchase a computer.
     We believe that the Falcon030 will give those people a new reason
     to consider purchasing a computer. In addition, there are some
     compelling professional applications that will make people that
     have specific professional needs (like MUSIC) that will place
     the Atari Computer line in the limelight of the computing world.

     so you think the Falcon can compete with the Mac and PC clones on
     their turf?
 .Bob @ Atari>
     Re Competition...the part of me that is the company man says
     there is no competition...we have the superior product!  On the
     other hand, the realist in me says that the competition is the
     PC Clones....and they are not doing anything that is in any form
     technically innovation in their hardware.  All of the innovation
     is coming in software.  This is where we have an advantage...we
     have innovative hardware, and compelling software applications as
     well! ga.

     Richard has another question, this time about prices...

     any news on prices on the various Falcons concidering the market
     changes since fall?:-)

 .Bob @ Atari>
     The MSRP for the Falcon is unchanged since fall, with the
     exception of the additonal pricing for two models:  The Atari
     Falcon030 with four megs of ram, and no hard disk will retail for
     $999, and the 14 meg with 65 meg hard disk will retail for $1899.
     We have also expanded the accessory line to include things like
     SCSI-II cables, hard disk drives, and added a composite video
     adapter for people (like G44!) to use with their monitors. ga

     Glenn has a question about the Falcon as a Studio in a Box...

     I read an article about how you can plug a guitar in and use it as a
     de facto multi effects machine, and record direct to disk and master
     to DAT.  What kind of software is complete for this type of
     application and what is planned?

     For comparison, the SGX-2000, the top of the line guitar processor,
     is nearly as much as what the Falcon costs, and it is not a full
     fledged computer.  By touting the Falcon's ability to be a "studio in
     the box" it would certainly get people to buy, me included, since
     as long as the applications are there, conforming to some MS-DOS or
     MAC standard (a business concern) is not important.

 .Bob @ Atari>
     Glenn, thank you for your question!  You're referring I believe
     to the article in BYTE Magazine, where Tom Halfhill of BYTE
     described plugging his electric guitar directly into the Atari
     Falcon030, and using Musicomm, from COMPO Software to do all of
     the special effects that he did.  BTW, Musicomm's list price is
     just $69!  In addition to Musicomm, you can probably do similar
     effects with things like the Audio Fun Machine, which is one of
     the eight software titles that we bundle together with the
     Atari Falcon030.  ga

     Is the Falcon capable of multitrack recording without an interface?
     What is needed?

 .Bob @ Atari>
     Yes, it can record two tracks out of the box.  For more than
     two tracks, you need an external box connected to the DSP port,
     like the product that Singular Solutions is offering.  The
     Atari Falcon030 ships with a product called FalconD2D that will
     allow you to do direct to disk hard disk recording.  With the
     addition of the external boxes, you can do up to eight tracks at
     the present, although technically it is possible to do 16 tracks.
     One of the limitations on the number of tracks is the speed of
     the hard disk (actually, the access time of the HD).  As the HDs
     get faster, it will be easier for our developers to create more
     tracks to be recorded at once. ga

     Okay, we've been going for almost 2 1/2 hours.  Time to wrap it up.
     I'd like to thank John, Eric and Bob for their time tonight.  I
     learned a few things, I know, and I hope they enjoyed themselves as
     much as I did.
     Closing comments, guys?

 .Bob @ Atari>
     We're very excited to have been here with all of you here tonight
     and look forward to the opportunity to come back again in a few
     months to discuss things with you.  I hope to be online more
     often, and if there is anything that you wanted to ask tonight
     and didn't have a chance to, please send EMAIL to me.  Eric is
     just using the AtariTech account for the night...and I will be
     happy to forward any of your questions on to him for his review.
     Thanks again for coming....and good night!

 .Towns @ Atari>
     Good Night everyone!

 .Eric @ Atari>
     Thanks for having us here!

     This party is over!

 This transcript is copyright 1993, DELPHI and DELPHI's Atari Advantage
 SIG.  Permission to reprint is granted, as long as the transcript is left
 intact and unchanged.  

 Some minor editing of the transcript was done to facilitate readability,
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 > BT to ADD SPEED STR InfoFile     High Speed Dialer, Wireless & Digital


 New  Services  to  Include  Higher  Speed  Local  Dial,  950, Wireless and
 Switched Digital Access

 San Jose, California, March, 1993

     With the goal of offering the widest array  of access  methods to meet
 customer-specific  application   requirements,  BT   North  America  today
 announced plans  to introduce  diverse new  wire and  wireless services by
 year's  end.    The  new  domestic services will provide the company's two
 million daily users with faster and  enhanced access  methods to  its U.S.
 data network, the largest public network in operation.

     The new  capabilities will  enable customers  to cut  costs of on-line
 network usage up to 30%, while giving users the ability  to access network
 applications and transfer data at rates of up to four times the speed that
 can currently be achieved.

     Among the  new services  to be  introduced are  high-speed (14.4 kbps)
 local dial,  uniform number  access (800  and 950), wireless (cellular and
 radio), and switched digital services.   The  move  to  higher  speeds and
 wireless access  methods is  in anticipation  of customer requirements for
 faster data communications and  network access  for the  growing number of
 mobile  users,  driven  by  continued  proliferation of portable computing

     "While ATM, ISDN and  SONET garner  much of  the industry's attention,
 millions of  users are  looking for better and faster ways to access their
 network  applications,"  said  Ron  Bamberg,  vice  president  of Business
 Development and  Strategic Planning  for BT North America. "Network access
 is the most critical and core component of any network  service offered by
 a carrier or service provider."

     Bamberg continued:  "BT's strategy  is to  not only maintain a leading
 role in the area of network access, but to deliver  targeted services best
 suited  for  specific  network  applications.    No one access service can
 satisfy all the various requirements our  customers have  to get  to their
 network applications.   Therefore, we will continue to introduce a variety
 of new products which best address each individual requirement."

     Starting in September, BT  will become  the first  value-added network
 (VAN) provider  to deploy a U.S. service enabling users to access its data
 network, through a local  phone call,  at speeds  of 14.4  kbps (V.32bis).
 Nationwide  coverage  of  the  14.4  kbps  service  is  expected  by 1995.
 International  Data  Corporation  (IDC),  Framingham,  MA,  estimates that
 between 1991  and 1996 the compound annual growth rate for 14.4 kbps modem
 shipments will exceed 45 percent.

     In addition, BT plans to become the first  VAN to  offer service which
 supports  the  CCITT  recommendation  (see note to editors), which
 provides for access speeds of 28.8 kbps. The  company is  currently in the
 process  of  rolling  out  a  nationwide  9.6  kbps  dial service which is
 expected to be fully deployed in over 520 local access  sites by December,
 1994. To date, over 120 sites have been completed.

     "Our  applications  have  become  response-time sensitive," said Allen
 Watrud, manager of Telecommunications for CUNA Mutual Insurance Group, the
 world's largest  provider of  credit insurance for credit unions and their
 members. "Getting our remote users to  the  network  is  one  of  the most
 important aspects  of providing  them with the information they need to do
 their jobs more effectively."

     Watrud continued: "With thousands  of users  dialing into  our network
 every  day,  we  are  constantly  looking  for ways in which we can reduce
 overall access and on-line costs while increasing the users' productivity.
 Higher  speed  dial  services  represent  a solution to our requirements."
 CUNA's telecommunications  group  currently  supports  approximately 3,000
 remote users through local dial public network services.

     The  new  dial  services  will  support  the  industry-standard  CCITT
 V-series  recommendations  for  data  compression  (V.42bis)   which  will
 effectively  quadruple  data  throughput  rates.   For example, a customer
 accessing the network with a compression capable 9.6 and 14.4  kbps modems
 could  realize  data  throughput  rates  of  up  to  38.4  and  57.6  kbps

     "New communications  and modem  technologies are  emerging which allow
 for faster  transmissions over  existing analog  architectures," said Jeff
 Zanardi,  manager  of  Access  Services  for  BT  North  America.   "These
 technologies  coupled  with  new bandwidth-hungry applications are driving
 network access More? speeds to increasingly higher levels."

     Already a leading provider  of  uniform  number  and  toll-free access
 through its  800 service, the company will upgrade this service to support
 14.4 kbps access  by  September.  In  addition,  to  better  meet customer
 application requirements for uniform number and toll free access,  BT will
 reduce its 800 rates to as low as $9 per hour.

     By the third quarter, BT will also begin  offering 950  (Feature Group
 B) service to its electronic transaction service (ETS) customers.

     "We don't  see 950  replacing local dial access or 800 services," said
 Zanardi. "A local call will always  be the  most cost-effective  means for
 users to  access any  network. Rather, we are positioning our 800 services
 to address the needs  of  customers  whose  applications  require  UNA and
 toll-free features.   950  services will  be positioned  to address point-
 of-sale applications and electronic transactions which  require short call
 set-up times. 950 is best suited for these types of applications."

 WIRELESS ACCESS  BT is currently evaluating a number of cellular and radio
 network  access  alternatives  and,  by  year's  end,  plans  to introduce
 services utilizing wireless technologies.

     These include  the use  of IBM's  CelluPlaN II technology and services
 from Cellular Data Inc.  (CDI), of  Palo Alto,  California.  Additionally,
 radio  access   will  be  provided  to  users  through  RAM  Mobile  Data.
 Discussions are currently underway to link RAM's nationwide radio networks
 and BT's  data network.   These  new wireless  services will provide users
 with the ability send and receive electronic mail and other  time critical
 information, as well as access transaction applications.

     The Yankee Group expects revenues from mobile data network services to
 reach nearly $2.5 billion by  the  end  of  the  decade.  E-mail  has been
 identified  as  the  primary  application for which users require wireless
 network access. Currently there are more than 20  million e-mail  users in
 the United States.

     In addition  to high-speed asynchronous dial and wireless services, BT
 North America  is currently  evaluating the  provision of switched-digital
 services.  Initially these services will be provided to users at speeds of
 56 kbps as backup for dedicated digital connections (X.25 or  frame relay)
 or as  an alternative  for sites  which cannot justify dedicated circuits.
 Higher speed digital services with  speeds  up  to  T1  are  also planned.
 These  higher  speed  services  can  also  be  used  for  cost- effective,
 low-speed video conferencing applications.


 BT (NYSE:BTY and BTY.PP) is a  leader in  worldwide telecommunications. It
 operates one  of the largest networks in the world and offers a wide range
 of international  services. BT  has annual  revenues over  $24 billion and
 employs a staff of approximately 165,200 in over 33 countries.


 Note to Editors:
 BT's global  data network  is the  world's largest public data network. In
 the U.S., the network provides users local access  from over  1,000 cities
 through 4,500 points of presence located in 520 unique access locations.
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                     A REALISTIC LOOK AT THE FALCON030

 Information compiled by Ken Baum 1992/93

     Here  is  a  technical  comparison  between  Atari's  new  Falcon 030,
 Commodore's new  Amiga 1200  and Apple's  new Performa  400.  All of these
 machines are aimed at the home  computer user  in price  and power.   They
 each feature their own Multitasking Graphic User Interface (GUI) operating
 system, which is not compatible with MS-DOS. Each  of these  computers has
 their own  software library.   They are all based on Motorola brand CPU's.
 You won't find "Intel inside" any  of these  machines, unless  it's in the
 form of an emulator board!
                Atari Falcon        CBM Amiga 1200      Apple Performa 400
                ------------        --------------      ------------------
 CPU                 68030               68EC020             68030
 speed(Mhz)          16                  14.32               16   
 MIPS                3.84                2.5                 3.84 
 data path(bit)       32(16used)          32                  32           

 address space(bit)  24                  24                  24   
 instruction cache   256 bytes           256 bytes           256 bytes
 data cache          256 bytes           no                  256 bytes

 FPU                 optional            optional            optional
 socket on board     yes                 no                  no
 type                68881/68882         68881/68882         68881/68882

 DSP                 yes                 no                  no   
 type                56001               N/A                 N/A
 speed(Mhz)          32                  N/A                 N/A
 MIPS                16                  N/A                 N/A

 ram(base model)     4MB(16bit)          2MB(32bit CHIP)     4MB(32bit)
 max ram             14 MB               10 MB(>w/3rd party) 10MB
 type                proprietary         proprietary/PCMCIA  SIMM
 rom                 512K                512K to 2MB         512K

 floppy              3.5" 1.44HD         3.5" 880K           3.5" 1.44HD
 format              Atari\MS-DOS(SAME)  Amiga w\MS-DOS      Mac w\MS-DOS
 hard                internal            internal            internal
 type                2.5" IDE            2.5" IDE            3.5" SCSI
 size                65MB                40MB                80MB

 mouse/joystick      2reg 2analog        2 reg               1 mouse
 serial              RS-232C             RS-232              2 MAC
 parallel            BI-directional      Centronics          no
 video-out           analog RGB\VGA      analog\RGB\VGA      analog RGB\VGA
                     composite\RF        composite\RF
 audio-in            stereo 1/8"mini     no                  mono RCA
      -out           stereo 1/8"mini     stereo RCA          mono RCA
 external floppy     no                  yes                 yes
 internal IDE        yes                 yes                 no   
 external SCSI       yes SCSI II         no                  yes
 midi                in, out/thru        no                  no
 DSP                 yes(1 MHZ trans)    no                  no
 network             Localtalk LAN       no                  Appletalk LAN

 EXPANSION           internal bus exp    cpu expansion slot  Processor
                     128K cartridge      PCMCIA 2(16bit)     Direct Slot
                     DSP port
 resolution          16bit\50Khz         8bit\50Khz          8bit\22Khz
 channels            8                   4                   1
 input               yes\stereo          no                  yes\mono
 output              stereo              stereo              mono
 internal speaker    yes                 no                  yes

 -minimum            320x200             320x200             640x480
 -maximum            640x480             1280x400\640x960(i) 640x480
 palette(colors)     262,144             16.8 million        16.8 million
 maximum displayed   65,536(640x400)     256,000(all res)    256
 overscan            yes                 yes                 no

 clock               yes                 no                  yes 
 keyboard type       attached full       attached full       detached full

 type                multitasking gui    multitasking  gui     multitasking
 location            rom\disk            rom\disk            rom\disk

 retail              $1299.00            $1099.00            $1450.00
 street              N/A                 $850.00             $1150.00


 Atari Falcon 030:   MultiTOS 4.0-operating system
                     SpeedoGDOS-scalable font  extension w/14 Bitstream    

                     Falcon D2D-audio direct to disk recording & editing
                     Atari Works-integrated word processor, database,      

                     Audio Fun Machine-DSP digital audio FX
                     System Audio  Manager-record & assign sounds to system

                     Various Accessory programs:                           
                     calculator,calendar,Talking Clock  games, etc.        

 CBM Amiga 1200      AmigaDOS 3.0-operating system
                     CrossDOS-allows reading & writing MS-DOS format disks
                    *Deluxe Paint IV AGA-full featured 2D paint & animation
                    *Final Copy-full featured word processor
                     Various Utility Programs:Calculator,screenblanker etc.
                     (*indicates a limited time offer)

 Apple Performa 400  System 7.1-operating system
                     Symantec Greatworks-integrated word                  
                     spreadsheet,charting,paint & telecomm program
                     At Ease-program launcher
                     Teleware M.Y.O.B.-checkbook & cardfile program
                     T/Maker Clip Art-business graphics
                     Various Accessory programs:calculator,alarm          
                     clock,games etc.

     The Atari & Commodore machines are  housed in  a single  case. They DO
 NOT have  detached keyboards. The Atari Falcon is in the same case as it's
 predecessor the 1040STE, and the Amiga 1200 is in a  restyled case similar
 to the   Amiga  500. Also,  each of these computers is available without a
 hard drive for  less money. However, models with hard drives were used for
 comparison purposes.   These  configuraions are  those as  supplied by the
 manufacturer. Individual  dealers  may offer  other configuration options.
 The Apple Performa 400 has a  separate keyboard, it is in the same case as
 the MAC LCII(In fact, that's exactly what it is!).

     The Atari & Commodore  machines can  operate at  many different screen
 resolutions and would require a multisync monitor for optimum flexibility.
 Also,  the Commodore Amiga 1200's  maximum resolutions  are interlaced(i).
 It's maximum non-interlaced resolution is 640x480. Both the Atari Falcon &
 Commodore Amiga 1200 will  also overscan,  giving them  more resolution in
 that mode  and making   them  suitable for Desk Top Video (DTV). The Apple
 Performa would require an analog VGA  type monitor.   The  Atari Falcon is
 the only computer here with a DSP (digital signal processor) chip. 

 revision 1.1     
 Information compiled by Ken Baum 1992/93
 E-mail on GEnie or Delphi:<KEBAUM>
 Sources: Amiga World, Amiga Format, AtariUser, ST Format, MACWorld
          GEnie & Delphi.


 > OUTLINE ART 3.0 STR InfoFile   * NEW * Upgrade to Outline Art!


 February 25, 1993

 Contact:    Nathan Potechin

     DMC Publishing  is proud  to announce  the release of Outline Art 3.0.
 This long-awaited upgrade to  the original  Outline Art  standard includes
 all the features that made the original famous, plus color, eps/ps export,
 macro keys, user-definable  UNDO,  context-sensitive  help  which explains
 each  and  every  feature  and  more.   Two variations of this program are
 currently available,  in  two  megabyte  or  four  megabyte configurations
 depending  upon  your  existing  hardware.    When placing your upgrade or
 order, please indicate your specific Atari computer.

     To  all  of  our  existing  registered  owners  of  Outline  Art,  the
 introductory upgrade  charge until  May 30,  1993, is  US $49.95 or $59.95

     The introductory retail price of Outline  Art  3.0  is  US  $149.95 or
 $175.00 Canadian.

     Effective immediately, the new price for the industry-standard Outline
 Art 1.0 is US $89.95 or $109.95 Canadian.

     The July/August 1992 issue  of Atari  Explorer carried  the winners of
 the second annual Outline Art contest.  The contest attracted entries from
 professional and amateur Outline Art users, worldwide and is indicative of
 the position  long held  by this  vector graphic drawing program from DMC.
 (Note: All winning entries are available for downloading  from our library
 #30 in the Atari Roundtable Library on GEnie.)

     The 4  Megabyte DEMO  version of  Outline Art 3.0 is now available for
 downloading.  Although Save and export  functions have  been disabled, and
 the  context  sensitve  help  has  been  left out, the program is entirely
 functional and will give you a complete preview  of the  capabilities that
 have made DMC's Outline Art famous.

     For  further  information,  please  do  not  hesitate  to contact your
 nearest Atari Dealer or DMC directly.  We  will be  pleased to  answer any
 questions you might have.

                                        Nathan Potechin, President
                                             DMC Publishing

                              DMC Publishing
                         2800 John Street, Unit 10
                             Markham, Ontario
                              Canada L3R 0E2
                            Tel: (416) 479-1880
                            Fax: (416) 479-1882

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                         Delphi:     ISDMARKETING



                           THE CT ATARIFEST '93!

                 JUNE 12 & 13, AT THE WINDSOR COURT HOTEL
                    WINDSOR, CT. (JUST ABOVE HARTFORD)

     Free Parking!
          Low Room Rates!
               More Vendors!
                    More Floor Space!

     Yep, that  ACT Atari Group is running another major NorthEast computer
 event.  Last year's successful  CT  Fest  had  over  700  attendees, which
 merited a  larger location,  so we've  moved a mile away (exit 42 on I-91)
 into bigger and better  quarters.   We're just  as convenient  to reach as
 ever,  and  only  two  hours  from  Boston  or New York! The new hotel has
 excellent room rates ($35.00 per room),  free and  plentiful parking, easy
 access from Interstate 91, I-95, I-90, I-84, I-80, an in house Sports Bar,
 a bigger ballroom and is located  just 1  mile from  Bradley International
 Airport (free shuttle service for hotel guests).

     We expect that an even greater number of vendors this year, surpassing
 the excellent turnout of  the  past  shows.    We  already  have tentative
 commitments from  A&D Software,  Gribnif Software, Barefoot Software, Toad
 Computers, Computer Studio,  Baggetaware,  Derric  Electronics, E.Hartford
 Computer   Repair,   MegaType   Software,  Wizztronics  and  GFA  Software
 Technology.  Last year we had  FOURTEEN user  groups, this  year we should
 have even more (We also expect an exciting 8 Bit contingent)!

     We'll  have  our  annual  New  England Lynx Competition, with multiple
 Comlynxed competitions underway at  all times.   Last  year's winners took
 home prizes  ranging from  games to  accessories to complete Lynx Systems!
 Bring your best player and join the fun.

     We'll have the Portfolio Corner,  staffed  with  industry  pundits and
 filled with  every imaginable  palmtop peripheral!  Last year we had a few
 Portfolios disassembled at the  booth, a  real insight  into surface mount

     For those  of you  with an  eye towards  seminars, we'll  have them in
 abundance, last year's question  and answer  session with  Bob Brodie drew
 standing only crowds! In addition, we had John Eidsvoog's walk through the
 Codehead graphic tools, Jeff  Naideau  of  Barefoot  Software  showing off
 EdiTrack Platinum,  Dave Troy  of (Guess[ribbet]) Computers and many, many

     And to top things  off, come  out and  see the  Falcon 030  in all its
 glory.  By then we expect to see some rad new programs out and some really
 excitement!  All in all, we hope to have the best Northeast  show yet, and
 we look  forward to  your participation.  Make your plans now for the most
 exciting Atari Weekend this spring!

     For further information, call  Brian Gockley  at 203-332-1721  or Doug
 Finch at 203-637-1034.  We can also be found on GEnie in Category 11 or on
 Compuserve in the Atari arenas.   E-mail can  be directed  to B.GOCKLEY or
 D.FINCH7 on GEnie or to 75300,2514 or 76337,1067 on CIS.


 > NVN WANTS YOU! STR InfoFile       Another Network Supports Atari!

     National Videotext  Network (NVN) has recently added an Atari ST Forum
 to it's growing lists of available services.  The Atari ST Forum  is ready
 and waiting for you!

     The future  of NVN will be one which continues to remain sensitive and
 responsive to market needs. Additional services and advances in electronic
 information will  continue to  be added, to provide unique and interesting
 services on an on-going basis.  

     NVN service  offerings can  be broken  into three  categories:  Basic,
 Premium, and Premium Plus.

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  Basic Services
      Most  of  the  Basic  services  are  available 24 hours a day with no
 connect time charges beyond  the basic  membership fee.  However, a select
 group  have  functions  for  which  transaction  fees  are  charged. Basic
 services are accessible through a flat rate charge of $5.95 per month.

  Premium Services
      For Premium services, Members pay connect  charges for  the amount of
 time spent in a particular service. Premium services are accessible Monday
 through Friday for a connect time charge of $9.00/hour from 8 am  to 6 pm,
 and $6.00/hour from 6 pm to 8 am; and on Saturday and Sunday for a connect
 time charge of $6.00 all day (6 pm Friday til  8 am  Monday), central time
 zone.   9600 Baud access is available at no additional cost!  Think of the
 advantages of downloading at 9600 baud for 9.00 hr Prime  Time or  6.00 hr
 non-prime time!

     Order an  extended NVN  Membership of  6 or  12 months,  pay for it in
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 Choose from two  subscription plans:

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     Pay just  $30 for a 6-month Membership and receive a usage credit that
 entitles  you to $15 of  connect-time  in  the  Premium  services  of your
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     Pay  $50  for  a  full  year's  Membership and get even more free time
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     For more  information about  either of  these plans, give us a call at
 1-800-336- 9096.

     *Both extended  Membership options,  including free  usage credits are
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     You can join NVN one of  two  ways.    By  voice  phone 1-800-336-9096
 (Client Services)  or via  modem phone 1-800-336-9092.  You will be issued
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 > STReport CONFIDENTIAL    "Rumors Tidbits Predictions Observations Tips"

 - New York City, NY                  MOTOROLA HAS 68060 ALL SET TO GO!

     Reportedly, the  68060 is  quite capable  of overpowering the PowerPC.
 While much attention has been  focused  on  the  prowess  of  the upcoming
 PowerPC RISC  processor, Motorola  has been  quietly working on a powerful
 successor to the 68040, the 68060, that will outperform the  first PowerPC
 to be  released, the  PowerPC 601.   Motorola's  68060 will perform in the
 range of 100 million instructions per second (MIPS), compared with  the 29
 MIPS of a 68040 with a 33MHz clock rate.  Because the 68060 will be faster
 than the PowerPC 601, the 601 will be relegated to a mid-range  Mac, while
 the 68060 will get a glamour job in a line of high-end Macs in early 1994,
 according to industry sources.  The 68060 employs  super-scalar execution,
 that  is,  the  ability  to  perform  two  instructions  per  clock cycle.
 Motorola plans volume shipments  of a  50MHz 68060  in early  1994, with a
 66MHz chip to follow.  Motorola skipped development of a 68050 in favor of
 the more radical 68060 design.

 - Baltimore, MD                    NEW FALCON TO DEBUT AT CeBit!

     Mr. Super Snoop is hard at work again!   This  time its  reported that
 there will  be a  TWO PIECE  Falcon presented  for the  first time at this
 year's CeBit Show in Germany.   Coined the  "Mega Falcon"  for now,  it is
 reported to  be the  two piece  FALCON most  everyone has requested.  Also
 slated to appear, is the "consumer version" of  the Falcon  having no Hard
 drive, Cart Port, DSP and being a one piece unit.


 > MUSIC DEVELOPERS STR InfoFile          A comprehensive listing.....

 A.D.G Productions
 4342 West 136th Street, Suite 9
 Hawthorne, CA 90250 USA
 Tel: +1 310 379 1568
 Fax: +1 310 379 1568
     -Blues & Jazz Compositions, education
     -Contemporary Styles, education

 8 avenue Gilkmans
 95510 Taverny France
 Tel: +33 16 130 409095
     -Proteus Patcher, editor

 Alfred Publishing Co. Inc.
 16380 Roscoe Blvd.
 P.O Box 100003, Van Nuys, CA 91410 USA
 Tel: +1 818 891 5999
 Fax: +1 818 893 5560
     -Basic Adult Piano Theory Level 1, education
     -Basic  Piano Theory Levels 1-2, education
     -Basic  Piano Theory Levels 3-5, education
     -Practical Theory Series, education
     -Music Achievement Series, education

 Alpha Systems
 1012 Skyland Dr. 
 Macedonia, OH 44056 USA
 Tel: +1 216 467 5665
     -Jam Master, sample player
     -Digisound Professional, sample player
     -Digisound, sample player
     -Beat Box: sample player

 Allen & Heath
 5639 S. Riley Ln.
 Salt Lake City, UT 84107 USA
 Tel: 801 268 8400
 Fax: 801 262 4966
     -GS3V, VCA,  fader operations

 2 rue Piemontesi
 75018 Paris France
 Tel: +33 1 42 235044
 Fax: +33 1 42 511244
     -Digital Impact, sampler editor

 Audio Light
 P.O.Box 893,
 Los Gatos, CA 95030 USA
 Tel: +1 408 395 0830
 Fax: +1 408 974 9077
     -Music Studio 88, entertainment

 Barefoot Software
 19865 Covello Street
 Canoga Park, CA 91306 USA
 Tel: +1 818 727 7143
 Fax: +1 818 727 0632
     -EditTrack Gold, sequencer
     -EZ-Score Plus v1.2, notation
     -HybriSwitch, multitasking
     -Ludwig, composition
     -MIDIPlexer, hardware peripheral
     -SMPTETrack Gold, sequencer

 Bradley Forthware
 P.O. Box 4444
 Mountain View, CA 94040 USA
 Tel: +1 415 961 1302
 Fax: +1 415 962 0927
     -Formula, composing

 Chro-Magic Software Innovations
 516 N. Jackson,
 Joplin, MO 64801 USA
 Tel: +1417 623 7393
     -Guitaristics, education
     -Pianistics, education

 Codehead Technologies
 P.O. Box 74090
 Los Angeles, CA 90004 USA
 Tel: +1 213 386 5735
 Fax: +1 213 386 5789
     -MIDI Spy, desk sequencer
     -MIDIMax, MIDI mapper

 Command Development
 11846 Balboa Blvd., Suite 135
 Granada Hills, CA 91344 USA
 Tel: +1 818 362 3550
 Fax: +1 818 361 2389
     -D50/M1 Command, editor/librarian
     -Offspring for the SY77, interface

 Communications Resources
 754 N. Bolton Ave.
 Indianapolis, IN 46219-5902 USA
 Tel: +1 317 356 6946
     -Synthview DW-8000, editor/librarian
     -Synthview K1 Capture, editor/librarian

 Composers Desktop Project
 11 Kilburn Rd.
 York YO1 4DF UK
 Tel: +44 904 613299
 Fax: +44 904 432450
     -Composer Music Workstation, advanced E/A

 67 boulevard Jean Baptiste Oudry
 94000 Cretil France
 Tel: +33 1 43 394055
 Fax: +33 1 43 398039
    -Big Band, arranger

 50 Cove Woods Rd.
 Oyster Bay, NY 11771 USA
 Tel: +1 615 459 2960
 Fax: +1 615 371 1251
     -Sound-Off Audio Digitizer, sample player

 4 Sharon Court, Alexandra Grove
 London N12 8NX UK
 Tel: +44 81 4453935
 Fax: +44 81 4469699
     -Fractal Music v2.4, fractal composition

 Desert Software
 PO Box 123, St. Helens
 Merseyside WA9 5LD UK
 Tel: +44 514 307400
 Fax: +44 514 307400
     -Vivace 1.1, Module 1 & 2,  sequencer
     -Vivace 1.0, Module 3, notation

 Parc Technologique de Pre Milliet
 Montbonnot, 38330 St. Ismier France
 Tel: +33 16 76 524747
 Fax: +33 16 76 902111
     -Studio 24, sequencer

 Digital F/X 
 755 RavenDale Drive
 Mountain View, CA 94043 USA
 Tel: +1 800 274 4339
 Tel: +1 415 961 2800
 Fax: +1 415 961 6990
     -Digital Master EX, direct to disk 4 channel - 
                    16 track audio recorder and editor

 Digital Horizons
 24403 E. Welches Rd.
 Welches, OR 97067 USA
 Tel: +1 503 622 4034
 Fax: +1 503 622 3933
     -Final Cut, sequencer
     -Scale Master, education
     -Rhythm Time, education
     -Note Wizard, education
     -Chord Magic, education
     -Music Lights, player

 Digital IO
 2554 Lincoln Blvd. #122
 Marina del Rey, CA 90291 USA
 Tel: +1 310  398 3993
 Fax: +1 310  822 1360
     -D2D, sample editor

 Dr T's Music Software
 100 Crescent Rd. #1B
 Needham, MA 02194 USA
 Tel: +1 617 455 1454
 Fax: +1 617 244 5243
     -Hitman, cue sheet
     -X-OR, patch editaor
     -Tunesmith, composing
     -Tiger cub, sequencer
     -Tiger, sequencer
     -T-Basic, utility
     -Samplemaker, sample editor
     -Roland Mt-32, patch editor
     -Roland D-110, patch editor
     -Roland D-50, patch editor
     -Realtime 1.2, sequencer
     -Phantom, synchronizer
     -Oberheim Matrix 6/1000, patch editor
     -Music mouse, composing
     -MIDI Recording Studio, sequencer
     -M, composing
     -Lexicon PCM-70, patch editor
     -Korg M1, patch editor
     -Korg DS-8, patch editor
     -Korg DP-3000, patch editor
     -Keys, composing
     -KCS Omega*, sequencer
     -Kawai K-5, patch editor
     -Kawai K-3, patch editor
     -Kawai K-1, patch editor
     -Tempo Master MPE
     -FX-Pac-1(LXP1, SPX90, DSP128, Midiverb)
     -4-op Deluxe, patch editor
     -Fingers, composing
     -ESQapade ESQ-1/SQ-80, patch editor
     -EMU Proteus/XR, patch editor
     -DX Heaven, patch editor
     -Copyist Professional-DTP, scoring
     -Copyist Apprentice, scoring
     -Casio VZ Rider, patch editor
     -Casio CZ Rider, patch editor
 * Supports Fostex Machine Control

 Electronic Arts
 1820 Gateway Dr.
 San Mateo, CA 94404
 Tel: +1 415 571 7171
     -Music Construction Set, player

 Electronic Courseware Systems
 1210 Lancaster Dr.
 Champaign, IL 61821 USA
 Tel: +1 217 359 7099
 Fax: +1 217 359 6578
     -Aural Skills Trainer, education
     -Early music Skills, education
     -Functional Harmony Series, education
     -Keyboard blues, education
     -Keyboard Chords, education
     -Keyboard Extended Jazz Harmonies, education
     -Keyboard fingerings, education
     -Keyboard Intervals, education
     -Keyboard Jazz Harmonies, education
     -Keyboard Kapers, education
     -Keyboard Namegame, education

 Electronic Courseware Systems cont.
     -Keyboard Tutor, education
     -MIDI Jazz Improv Series, education
     -Musical Stairs, education

 Ensoniq Corp Worldwide Headquarters
 155 Great Valley Pkwy
 P.O. Box 3023
 Malvern, PA 19355-0735
 Tel: 215 647 3930 (custemer service)
 Fax: 215 647 8908
     -Unitor 2, interface
     -Notator*, sequencer
     -Export, interface
     -Creator SL, sequencer
 * Supports Fostex Machine Control

 Esat Software
 57 rue du Tondu
 33000 Bordeaux France
 Tel: +33 16 56 693523
 Fax: +33 16 56 984345
     -HMS Soundtracker, sequencer

 Expose Software
 26 boulevard d'Anthenes
 13001 Marseille France
 Tel: +33 16 91 058978
 Fax: +33 16 91 058979
     -AudioSculpture, software tone generator

 Fostex Corporation of America 
 15431 Blackburn Ave. 
 Norwalk, CA 90650
 Tel: +1 310 921 1112
 Fax: +1 310 802 1964
     -Fostex Machine Control, machine control

 Gajits Music Software
 I-Mex House, 40 Princess Street
 Manchester M1 6DE UK
 Tel: +44 61 236 2515
 Fax: +22 61 2364044
     -Companion Editor Librarians, patch editor
     -The Hit Kit, composition
     -The Sample Series, sample librarian
     -Sequencer One, sequencer

 Geerdes Midisystems
 Bismarckstrasse 84
 D-1000 Berlin 12 Germany
 Tel: +49 30 316779
 Fax: +49 30 3121828
     -Softworkstations 1strack, editor &  sequencer
     -StarTrack, sequencer

 Grand Mesa Research
 PO Box 266
 Eads, CO 81036-0266 USA
 Tel: +1 719 438 5419
     -CK: MIDI! 2.0, utility

 Hollis Resaerch Ltd.
 The Moat House, Fort Road
 St. Peter Port
 Guernsey, Channel Islands UK
 Tel: +44 481 728286
 Fax: +44 481 728286
     -MIDIman, patch editor
     -Trackman 2, sequencer

 Hotz Instruments Technology
 P.O. Box 828
 Newbury Park, CA 91319-0828 USA
 Tel: +1 805 492 5553
 Fax: +1 805 493 4650
     -Hotz MIDI Translator, MIDI translator

 Interval Music Systems
 12335 Santa Monica Blvd. #244
 Los Angeles, CA 90025-2519 USA
 Tel: +1 310 478 3956
 Fax: +1 310 478 5791
     -GenWave, sample editor
     -Synth Editor/Librarian, patch editor

 J. Beer Software
 877 N. Paulina
 Chicago. IL 60622-5069 USA
     -Walking Bass, education
     -Jazz Expert System, composing

 JCD Software
 67 rue Gambeta
 95400 Villiers le Bel France
 Tel: +33 134 730987
 Fax: +33 134 696031
     -Cle de Sol, education
     -Feeling Partner, education

 JLCooper Electronics
 12500 Beatrice St. 
 Los Angeles, Ca 90066 USA
 Tel: +1 310  306 4131
 Fax: +1 310  822 2252
     -Nexus Plus, 2X8 switcher with merge
     -Nexus,  3X8 MIDI switcher
     -PPS-2 SMPTE/Smart FSK Synchronizer
     -PPS-100 SMPTE-MIDI Sychronizer
     -PPS-100Q SMPTE/MIDI Synchronizer
     -Media Control Station, multimedia controller 
     -DataSynch, MTC synch for Alesis ADAT
     -CS1M, control station
     -MixMaster, MIDI mixer
     -MSB Plus Rev. 2, 8X8  MIDI patch bay
     -MSB Plus, remote software
     -MAGI II Console Automation Systems
     -FaderMaster, MIDI command controller
     -Synapse, MIDI patch bay
     -Synapse Remote, MIDI patch bay processor

 5802 42nd Avenue
 Hyattsville, MD 20781-1632 USA
 Tel: +1 301 927 1947
     -MIDIBoss, MIDI mapper
     -MPatch, editor/librarian
     -MSBehave, editor/librarian
     -MXMaster, editor/librarian
     -SDDemon, editor/librarian
     -Tune Up, patch editor
     -K3Master, patch editor
     -DSPatcher, patch editor
     -CZLIBII for Casio CZ 101, patch editor
     -APatch (for Audio Matrix), patch editor

 Legend Software Systems
 3508 34A Avenue
 Edmonton, AB T6L 5E8 Canada
 Tel: +1 403 450 0736
     -The Final Cut, sequencer

 Live Collection
 18 Bld. Vincent Auriol
 75013 Paris France
 Tel: +33 130 409095
 Fax: +33 144 245550
     -Lizard, editor/librarian

 Mark of the Unicorn, Inc.
 1280 Massachussette Ave.
 Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
 Tel: +1 617 576 2760
 Fax: +1 617 576 3609
     -Mixer 7S, MIDI controlled mixer

 3201 Drummond Plz.
 Newark, DE 19711 USA
 Tel: +1 302 454 7946
 Fax: +1302 454 1403
     -Replay Professional, sample player
     -Replay 8, sample player
     -Quartet, sample player
     -Playback, sample player
     -Master Sound, sample player

 Microdeal Ltd.
 P.O. Box  68
 St. Austell PL25 4YB UK
 Tel: +44 726 68020
 Fax: +44 726 69692
     -Concerto, sequencer
     -Quartet, sequencer
     -Replay VIII, sample editor
     -Replay Professional, sample editor
     -Stereo Master, sample editor
     -Stereo Replay, sample editor

 236 W. Mountain St., Suite 108
 Pasadena, CA 91103 USA
 Tel: +1 800 969 6434
 Fax: +1 818 449 9480
     -TransMidi, interface
     -Synchman, interface
     -Synchman Plus, interface
     -Synchman Pro, interface
     -Synchman Pro MTV, interface
     -Synchman Remote, sync controller
     -SMPTE Time Window, sync controller
     -MIDI Time Window, sync controller
     -Fineline, mixer
     -Minimixer, mixer
     -MIDI Drummer II
     -Atari Guide To Sequencers, book

 Midisoft Corp.
 15263 N.E. 90th St.
 Redmond, WA 98052 USA
 Tel: +1 206 881 7176
 Fax: +1 206 883 1368
     -Midisoft Studio, sequencer
 Mind Over Midi Productions
 9131 Capella Dr. #302
 Burnaby, BC Canada V3J 7K4
 Tel: +1 604 444 4424
     -Slave Driver, mapper
     -Lexicon LXP-1/5 Editors, patch editor

 Mobile Ohm Development
 4363 Coopers Creek Drive
 Smyrna, GA 30082 USA
 Tel: +1 404 333 9124
     -Drum Kitz:Alesis D4 Editor/Librarian

 5575 Baltimore Dr. #105-127
 La Mesa, CA 92042 USA
 Tel: +1 619 469 7194
     -YS100/200,B200,TQ5, D54454, WT11
     -V50 Voice Development System
     -TX81Z/DX11 Voice Development
     -K1 Voice Development System
     -K4 Voice Development System
     -DX21/27/100 Voice Development
                patch editor

 Musikhaus Kahlenberg
 Dorstener Str. 180
 D-4690 Herne 2 Germany
 Fax: +49 0 22 23 15 67 
     -K4 ISC-Interactiv Sound Creator, patch editor

 Oktal International
 315 Rene Levesque Est. Suite 110
 Montreal, Quebec H2X 3P3 Canada
 Tel: +1 514 844 3428
 Fax: +1 514 255 4981
     -Multitude Jr. 1.0, sequencer
     -Multitude Pro 1.0, sequencer
     -Multitude Pro/Score 1.0, sequencer/notation

 Paradigm Software Products
 1369 concord Place, Suite 3-B
 Kalamazoo, MI 49009-2657
 Tel: +1 616 372 5972, Ext. 472
     -Omni-Banker ST, librarian

 PG Music, Inc.
 111-266 Elmwood Avenue
 Buffalo, NY 14222 USA
 Tel: +1 416 528 2368
 Fax: +1 416 577 4704
     -Band in a Box, composer

 Pixel Publishing
 641 Caledonia Rd. 
 Toronto, Ontario Canada M6E 4V8
 Tel: +1 416 785 3036
 Fax: +1 416 785 6416
     -Super Librarian, universal librarian

 Pro MIDI Systems
 P.O. Box 13
 Laurier, WA 99146 USA
     -Pro Midi Player, player

 c/o Patchworks Distribution
 211 Frederick Road
 Hastings, East Sussex TN35 5AU UK
 Tel: +44 424 436674
 Fax: +44 424 434338
     -The Advanced Four-Op Librarian
     -The FB 01 Librarian
     -The Juno 1/2 Editor, patch editor/librarian
     -K4 Editor, patch editor/librarian
     -The M1 Toolkit, librarian/utilities
     -The Matrix Editor, editor/librarian
     -The MKS 70 Editor, editor/librarian
     -Proteus Editor, editor/librarian
     -The Quadraverb Toolkit, utilities
     -Trax v1.5, recording studio manager
     -VZ-Ed Editor, Casio VZ editor/librarian

 Roland Corporation U.S.
 7200 Dominion Cr. 
 Los Angeles, CA 90040 USA
 Tel: +1 213 685 5141
 Fax: +1 213 722 0911
     -Tentrax, sequencer

 Rythm'n Soft
 Zone industriel des peupliers
 18 ter rue des trembles
 38100 Grenoble France
 Tel: +33 16 76 405270
 Fax: +33 16 76 333808
     -Big Boss 24/Big Boss Plus, sequencer
     -Live Teaching System, education
     -Midnight, sequencer
     -Mister Jam, sequencer
     -Piano Solfeo, education

 Scorpion Systems Group
 836 Page, San Francisco, CA 94708 USA
 Tel: +1 415 428 2685
     -sYbil, mapper

 Sirensong Software
 1717 Acatrraz Ave. 
 Berkeley, CA 94708 USA
 Tel: +1 510 428 2685
 Fax: +1 510 655 3664
     -Solo Sampler Plus, education
     -Solo Sampler, education
     -Rhythm Sampler, education
     -Now Hear This, education

 Soft Arts
 P.O. Box 127762, Goethestrasse 81
 D-1000 Berlin 12 Germany
 Tel: +49 30 313 7610
 Fax: +49 30 313 9595
     -DDD-1 Drumworks, editor librarian
     -DSM-1/DSS-1 Workstations, editor/librarian
     -Live, sequencer
     -Live Basic, sequencer
     -LXP-1, editor/librarian
     -MIDI Sample Translator, sample translator
     -Pan, education
     -Proteus X-Rayer, editor/librarian
     -Quick Step 01/W, editor/librarian
     -Score Perfect, notation
     -Score Perfect Professional, notation
     -Soundsystem S 612, sample editor
     -Soundsystem X 7000, sample editor
 Sound Quest
 1573 Eglinton Ave. W. #200
 Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6E 2G9
 Tel: +1 416 234 0347
 Fax: +1 416 322 6451
     -K1 Quest, editor/librarian
     -M6/1000 Quest, editor/librarian
     -M1 Quest, editor/librarian
     -D-5/10/20/110 Quest, editor/librarian
     -CZ Quest, editor/librarian
     -SQ-80 Quest, editor librarian
     -OP-4 quest, editor/librarian
     -MT-32 Quest, editor/librarian
     -DX11 Quest, editor/librarian
     -Midi Quest, editor/librarian

 17700 Raymer St.
 Northridge, CA 91325 USA
 Tel: +1 818 993 4091
 Fax: +1 818 701 7452
     -Cubase*, sequencer
     -Cubase Lite, sequencer
     -Cubeat 2.0, sequencer
     -Tango, composer
     -Twelve, sequencer
     -Switcher, utility
     -The Ear, education
     -Synthworks TX81Z
     -Synthworks Wavestation
     -Synthworks FB-01
     -Synthworks ESQ -1
     -Synthworks DX/TX
     -Synthworks D-10/110/20/MT-32
     -Synthworks D-50
     -Synthworks K1
     -Synthworks M1
     -Synthworks MT-32
     -Synthworks Proteus
     -Synthworks SY-77
                 editor/librarian software
     -D/A Board (16 bit Avalon board), hardware
     -Pro-24 III, sequencer
     -SMP24, interface
     -MIMIX Fader Automation System, mixer
     -Midex +, interface
     -Midex, interface
     -Masterscore, notation
     -Desktop Mixing DMP-7, mixing
     -Avalon, sample editor   
 * Supports Fostex Machine Control
 Stuyts Engineering BV
 1 Krom 7a, 2011 JM Haarlem
 The Netherlands
 Tel: +011 31 23 324609
 Fax: +011 31 23 311135
     -ST-Sound Track, sample editor

 Synergy Resources
 745 N. Bolton Avenue
 Indianapolis, IN 46219-5902 USA
 Tel; +1 317 356 6946
     -Synthview DW-8000, patch editor
     -K1 Capture, editor/librarian

 Take control
 Institue of Research and Development
 Vincent Dr.
 Birmingham B15 2SQ UK
 Tel: +44 214 154155
 Fax: +44 214 154156
     -Music DTP, notation

 Take Note Software
 285 Divisadero #3
 San Francisco, CA 94117-3226 USA
 Tel: +1 415 431 9495
     -Take Note 2.0, education

 The Digital Muse
 82 Tachbrook Street
 London SW1V 2NB UK
 Tel: +44 718 289462
 Fax: +44 718 341099
     -Prodigy, sequencer
     -Rave, sequencer
 Wilhelmsstr. 5
 D-3500 Kassel Germany
 Tel: +49 561 773077
 Fax: +49 561 27963
     -Analyser, audio spectrum analyser
     -BlueNote, sequencer/notation
     -Rhytm Crack, composer
     -Sound Editors, editor/librarian

 2 passage Flourens
 75017 Paris France
 Tel: +33 1 43 440572
     -Amadeus ST, notation
 Wintertree Software Inc.
 43 Rueter Street
 Nepean, ON K2J 3Z9 Canada
 Tel: +1 613 825 6271
    -Beat Egger, drum machine driver
    -MIDIMagnet, desk accesory
    -MIDIX32 Standard MIDI File Player/Converter


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 > ABCO SPECIALS! STR InfoFile  * 1992 SPRING Prices!  MORE Products! *
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                         ABCO COMPUTER CONSULTANTS
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                 are clock/calendar and cooling blower(s).
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            DELUXE 2 bay Cabinet W/65w Auto PS & Blower $119.00
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                          -STAND ALONE PRODUCTS-
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               ABCO is  PROUD to announce the acquisition of
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               This  fine  Atari  ST BBS system software and
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